Macro Life Cycle

Somehow butterflies seem to have become the subject of quite a few of my photos over the last months. The fact that they are very pretty and photogenic creatures is one of the reasons for this. Another one is that we have an easy access to them thanks to the university collection and trips to butterfly farms.

Therefore here are some new butterfly images resulting from the trip to the Stratford Butterfly Farm last week.

Other than on our outing to the butterflies in Twycross Zoo, where we were required to use telephoto lenses, this times I was able to use my macro lens. Again, getting sharp images in the slightly dim tropical house required the use of tripod or flash and at times I used both. It definitely was worth the extra effort as I don’t believe I would have managed to get sharp enough images otherwise – and I would not have seen how rich in detail and intricate the eggs of a butterfly can be.

This time I focussed more on getting images of butterflies and moths in different stages of their life cycles. Examples of these delicate creatures in different life stages are below.

Eggs of an Owl Butterfly (Caligo Memnon)


Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) caterpillar


Chrysalis of an Owl Butterfly (Caligo Memnon)


Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charitonius) freshly emerged from its chrysalis


Giant Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas) and an egg it just layed

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