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:

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

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

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

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  4. 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.

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




    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  12. 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.

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

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  14. A beautiful shot of the caterpillar.

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  15. The patterns are lovely. Amazing macro.

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

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  17. Beautiful patterns and so well camouflaged.....

    Happy Monday!
    Ruby

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  18. so they can flaunt their beauty. wonderful images Denise.

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  19. Beautiful caterpillars! It's a brilliant strategy.

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

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  21. A beautiful caterpillar! Great shots!

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  22. A stunning caterpillar, great images.

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  23. Fab images of this caterpillar and great information too.

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

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