Before the Birth of a Butterfly…
Living in the midst of nature gives the opportunity to experience its divine beauty in various forms, and photography is the ideal way to capture that beauty.
Today’s subject of awe are caterpillars, who undergo dramatic transformation from being tiny insects into beautiful butterflies or moths. We’ve found different types of caterpillars – one completely camouflaged with the plant, and another one stung Clyde while he was passing by a mango tree and accidentally touched it. Here’s a short collection of caterpillar pictures.
Feeding on Oleander leaves is the Common Indian Crow, as the name suggests, there are plenty of them around. The spiral tentacles of the caterpillar is very fractal-like designand the vivid colours makes it look attractive. Throughout its life the caterpillar stays on the underside of the leaves.
Caterpillar with black, white and yellow bands making its way up on a wild plant.
The flora and fauna of Uttaranchal in North India is extremely vibrant and breath-taking, here’s a small part of the rich ecosystem on the way to Valley of Flowers.
Some more of the fuzzy black caterpillars.
This one camouflaged with the tree bark.
Most caterpillars shed their skin four or five times as their bodies grow, and they eventually transform into an adult. Here the caterpillar, hanging upside down, emerging from his cocoon.
They are often called ‘eating machines”, as they eat leaves most of the time which is used when they go in hibernation to develop into a fully grown butterfly. Here an army of caterpillars feeding on the leaves, many of them stick to the same kind of plant.
Green caterpillar with red, black and white spots on the car bonnet.
Like an old proverb – ‘Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly,’ in the next series we shall bring you the fluttering butterflies that have caught our eye.