Wandering by patcheah

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Nikon D7000
Tamron 90mm macro lens
natural sunlight
Backyard, Melbourne, Australia

There are lots of wanderer caterpillars on my swan plant this year.They ate the leaves of all the swan plant and then started on my daisy next to it.
The caterpillar has yellow, white and black colour rings around its body. This colour pattern is a warning sign to the predators, such as birds.
The swan plant is poisonous but the caterpillar can tolerate this poison and store in their body, so both the caterpillar and adult butterfly are poisonous. Birds and other predators will avoid them. I found about 30 caterpillars but a few weeks later,there are only four chrysalis waiting to emerge as the Monarch Butterfly. Lovely to watch these fat colourful caterpillars at work,they never stop munching : )

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  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Daralmost 4 years ago

    How sweet

  • Thanks for stopping by Bobby ,appreciate your nice comment : )

    – patcheah

  • Bevellee
    Bevelleealmost 4 years ago

    expertly captured pat…

  • Thanks Bev for your encouraging comments,much appreciated : )

    – patcheah

  • davvi
    davvialmost 4 years ago

    well done,the shape is very good.and colour is wonderful.

  • Thanks for your lovely comment. I’m inspired by your images,all very delicate with pastel colours : )

    – patcheah

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...almost 4 years ago

    fantastic shot

  • Thanks for dropping by and your lovely comment.

    – patcheah

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 4 years ago

    Nice colorful capture

  • Thanks Larry for your nice comment : )

    – patcheah

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Many thanks ,Ray.

    – patcheah

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 4 years ago

    Great capture !
    We have an occasional visiting Monarch, but I have never seen the caterpillar.

  • Thanks for your lovely comment and fave : ) greatly appreciated.

    – patcheah

  • Albert
    Albertalmost 4 years ago

    A good one :)

  • Thanks Albert for stopping by and your nice comment.

    – patcheah

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 4 years ago

    1 image per day / April 22, 2011 / Limit 20

  • Many thanks Konstantinos.

    – patcheah

  • Many thanks,Konstantinos.

    – patcheah

  • Edge-of-dreams
    Edge-of-dreamsalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome macro!

  • Thanks very much Mia for this honour to be featured in your lovely group,greatly appreciated. Thanks for your nice comment : ) Love the beautiful banner!

    – patcheah

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