Future Butterfly

Our spicebush has to be the most watched shrub in the neighborhood. Folded over leaves – especially the ones that are very thick – and bite marks on other leaves can only mean one thing: we’re expecting! Last week, I noticed something that looked like a bird dropping. It turned out to be a tiny larvae. And I’ve been keeping close watch on a big leaf that seems to be thick as a sausage. I can’t be outside all the time, of course, so preparation is crucial. I kept a macro lens on the camera and had the tripod prepared at the right height. Yesterday, I finally spotted and photographed this gorgeous caterpillar:

Caterpillars are never in the open very long. They eat and then retreat under their leaf to avoid predators. Being prepared certainly helped me capture the moment.

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