Sunday, August 31, 2014

i Heart Macro

I have another caterpillar to share this week.  It will turn into the Monarch Butterfly.


This caterpillar is partial to the milkweed plant.  Milkweed contains a bitter chemical known as an alkaloid that keeps most insects from eating it, but which Monarch caterpillars just love.  Consequently, Monarch caterpillars and adult butterflies contain the same alkaloid, and this is great for them because other predictors, most of them anyway, will find them too bitter to eat.  This explains why Monarch caterpillars, instead of being camouflaged, are boldly marked.  Even with their brightly colored 'coat', it announces to all would-be diners you can't eat me, I'm dangerous and I taste horrible.



I am linking up with Laura's I Heart Macro here

Shine the Divine

Thank you for hosting this great meme Laura.

29 comments:

Penelope Puddlisms said...

Being horrible really pays off for some species. :) This caterpillar looks almost as lovely as the butterfly it will become.

Ginny said...

I love your facts, I had no idea! Very cool! Plus great pictures, of course!

Karen S. said...

This is such a gentle beauty!

Kay said...

This is so interesting. Your monarch caterpillars are different from the ones we have in Hawaii. Our monarch caterpillars are striped.

Valerie said...

So, there are fussy eaters even in the insect/caterpiller world. I admire the way you present all the facts they are so educational for the likes of me. Hope your weekend is going smoothly.

Cloudia said...

oh I love this fellow! looks so celebrity in your photos, D!




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Sandra said...

next time i go to eat a caterpillar, i will remember this... LOL LOL... he is a beauty.

diane b said...

I have learnt something new today about Monarch caterpillars. Nice shots.

EG CameraGirl said...

Ah, lucky you to hace found a monarch caterpillar. I keep looking for them on milkweed plants but so far no luck!

TexWisGirl said...

so sweet.

Adam said...

nice caterpillar

Sweepy said...

Hullo Denise!
I see them in the garden all the time. Good thing they do not hover near my face when I sleep!

Stephanie said...

Enjoyed reading this info that I did not know about. Wonderful images!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

I hope that little guy escapes any 'predictors' lurking about. Just teasing... I am always being tripped up by Autocorrect.

Arija said...

Lovely shots Denise. Had a couple of monarchs cavorting on my Wallflowers yesterday although spring officially only starts today.
I have no milkweed but usually plenty of monarchs.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful colours on this one!

Elephant's Child said...

Gorgeous shots - and the catipillar is as beautiful as the buttterfly it will become.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Awesome...I want one again here....

Michelle said...

A beautiful shot of the caterpillar.

Indrani said...

The patterns are lovely. Amazing macro.

brucerustonblog said...

Really nice caterpillar I would love to have a shot of one myself

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Beautiful patterns and so well camouflaged.....

Happy Monday!
Ruby

Felicia said...

so they can flaunt their beauty. wonderful images Denise.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful caterpillars! It's a brilliant strategy.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Well shot. What I love are the VIceroy, who are similar to Monarchs, but don't have the same poison in them!

maryaustria said...

A beautiful caterpillar! Great shots!

karenpezz said...

A stunning caterpillar, great images.

SeagullSuzie said...

Fab images of this caterpillar and great information too.

Laura said...

Beautiful dear Denise! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)