As a student I have to study these weeks, so I don't have much spare time to make new photographs. Fortunately, I made a photographic story a few months ago about caterpillars: 'Life between egg and pupa'
In the following weeks, I will share this story with you guys!
I often ask people: ‘what is the most beautiful insect you’ve ever seen?’. Their response usually is: ‘a butterfly’. They look up strangely if I tell them I think a caterpillar is far more interesting than a butterfly. They become interested if I tell the life-story of a caterpillar and finally they are amazed when I illustrate this story with photographs.
The purpose of this photographic story is to fascinate you with facts and numbers, but mostly with storytelling photographs. I observed and photographed a caterpillar from birth till pupation and combined the photographs to illustrate mind blowing facts.
The photographed species is the Acherontia atropos, commonly known as the Death's-head Hawk moth. The natural habitat of this moth is Asia and Africa, but because they are migratory moths, you can find them in Europe as well. The caterpillars carry beautiful green-yellow colors and patterns on their body. The proportions were maintained during the image processing.
A 4 week old (fully grown) caterpillar is 15cm long, while a newly born one has a length of only a few milimeters, roughly the size of the fully grown one's headAn insect has 6 jointed legs, but if you observe closely, you will see that the newly born is standing on 10 legs and still has 6 other legs just behind his head. The legs he’s standing on aren’t real legs. They’re called ‘pseudo-legs’. The difference is obvious: pseudo-legs aren’t jointed…
I hope you liked part 1. Stay tuned for the next part of this story!