Sunday, July 24, 2011

That Awkward Stage

Well then. If you thought the scorpion and her babies were weird, you might soil yourself over this guy. I mean, you can't deny this thing looks insane. It's out of control, really. I may have had nightmares about this caterpillar. I couldn't eat garbanzo beans for a few weeks because uh, it's head looks like one and that totally freaks me out.
But, I feel a little bad talking about how much of a freakshow this dude is. He can't help it and seriously, he's pretty rad. If I were a caterpillar, which I'm not, by the way, I'd very much like to look like him. Who is he anyway? Good question. I know he's in the Saturniidae family but other than that I'm slightly confused. Polyphemus? Cecropia? All I know is that in the near future he's gonna look something like the moth below (the white balance is a little funky in those shots), which is quite impressive. A looker, for sure. Macro Monday

25 comments:

Al said...

Great captures, and you certainly know more about him than me. He certainly looks freaky - now I'll probably dream about something oversized that looks like that. Thanks :)

trav4adventures said...

I think I'm going to have nightmares about him, now! He is a beautiful moth, however!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

The stuff that inspired monster movies of the 50's. But the beauty of the final result makes up for it.

Roan said...

Yep, he's one ugly, scary dude, but he will turn into a beauty. Great macro shots!

em said...

Are those fangs on a caterpillar? Crazy?! I could see why you wouldn't eat garbanzo beans for awhile. Impressive moth shots!

EG Wow said...

Very cool! Amazing such a pretty moth is the adult form of that weird caterpillar. :)

Linda Makiej said...

Fabulous macro shots!!

Woody said...

An ugly duckling for sure, the moth is very beautiful.

Karen said...

Ewwwww...ahhhhhhhh. Great macros.

Gaelyn said...

I'd rather turn into a moth than look like that dude. No garbanzo beans ever again.

Annelie said...

Wow, what a macro!

Out on the prairie said...

Very nice, a regular eating machine

pcphotoblog said...

way cool dude!! love bugs!

Clytie said...

Boy, he sure looks funny, yet somehow familiar, close up! The moth is even more familiar, because I just found one last Thursday, and posted about it!

http://clytie-naturejournal.blogspot.com/

Gary said...

Great shots of an incredible catepiller. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

ladyfi said...

Gosh - a caterpillar looks so weird. But then - it transforms into something wonderful and gorgeous!

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures as always and I suspect he'll be haunting my dreams, too!! Definitely straight out of the monster movies! Too bad we can't all morph into something as beautiful as the moth though!! Good to see you back, Jill! Have a great week!

Sylvia

NatureFootstep said...

that is some pretty good macros of the caterpillars and moths.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - splendid shots. Although I have just dropped by the blog of the caterpillar and he has some mean things to say about how crazy you look!!!

Stewart M _ Australia

Arija said...

The caterpillar only a mother could love with those buck teeth but the moth sure is a stunner!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Garbonzo beans, oh Jill...yep...may be;( ;) He is pretty cool though, and oh how beautiful it turns out in his final cycle~

Barb said...

I'll just wait for the metamorphosis! Great closeups. Jill - they DO resemble garbanzo beans!

Dominic Gendron said...

Very nice serie, impressive!

missing moments said...

I always think it fascinating to be a catepillar one day and then a butterfly. Isn't that just the best type of life to experience! No matter that it is brief!

Janie said...

The poor little thing looks like he has buck teeth. Braces would fix him up nicely.
Lucky for him, he's going to turn out to be one handsome fellow.