It’s caterpillar time!

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My husband didn’t have to ask me twice to take a break from cleaning to visit Whalon Lake preserve.  It was a gorgeous afternoon, windy and 71 degrees-not perfect photography weather, but I brought along my camera anyway…just in case!

There were a bunch of white egrets in the marshy area…

And, since I’m not nearly as patient as the egrets, I was looking around and noticed an oddly shaped leaf on the willow trees…upon closer examination, I was beyond excited to find a polyphemus caterpillar!  I haven’t seen one of those in years…and it seemed fitting to find one this year as I had seen the moths emerge in the spring-see previous  post.

Polyphemus caterpillar small © 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Polyphemus caterpillar small
© 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Polyphemus caterpillar small 2 © 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Polyphemus caterpillar small 2
© 2015 Karen A. Johnson

My husband is a patient man, but even he has his limits, so I tore myself away and we continued our walk…after I saw the viceroy.

Viceroy © 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Viceroy
© 2015 Karen A. Johnson

We made it to the other end of the marsh when I jokingly pointed out another clump of willows and wondered if there would be another caterpillar…and there was!

Polyphemus caterpillar large © 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Polyphemus caterpillar large
© 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Polyphemus caterpillar large 2 © 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Polyphemus caterpillar large 2
© 2015 Karen A. Johnson

This one was close to being ready to pupate, but still eating away.  My husband couldn’t resist getting a picture of me.  I’m sure there were a number of people walking along the path that were wondering what on earth I was photographing.  Enjoy!

Photographing a caterpillar... © 2015 Brett Johnson

Photographing a caterpillar…
© 2015 Brett Johnson

 

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