White-Marked Tussock Moth

by Camellia June. 18, 2019 321 views

I was energetic this morning and finally decided to paint the mailbox. While out there I saw this little guy crawling around the post, so of course I asked him if he wanted to go inside and pose for a few shots. He was very reluctant but with some coaxing he agreed to come in with me.

I used my macro lens and attached the extensions and shot away.

I really wanted him to lift his head up so I could take some photos of him "standing" somewhat upright. But no sooner he would start moving and lifting than I would lose focus. I know, I know, with macro you need to use a tripod, but I like to challenge myself plus tripods are so cumbersome to use.

Anyway we did this dance a couple of times but couldn't really get the photo I wanted.

So I took him back outside and decided to get my longer macro lens and see if I could capture him better in his "normal" environment.

By the way if you are wondering how they got their name it's because of the plush tufts/tussocks that decorate their abdomens. The color of the stripes and tufts on White-Marked Tussock Moth caterpillars may vary from white to yellow, but they (fils et filles) have in common four white tufts toward the front, a bright red head, two small, red dots toward the rear, and a black stripe down the center of their back, bordered below by a yellow stripe (source).

Eventually, he crawled on to the stoned walk way and crawled to the other side of the yard.

As I watched him move away, I noticed two other buddies of mine hanging around. So as to make sure they did not become jealous of the WmTM, I took a few shots of them as well.

Focusing on flying insects is definitely not my forte. So be it. 🐛🐜🐝🐞🕷🦋

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Lynn F Medley 3 months ago

Macro brings a whole new world to our eyes. Does it not? Thanks for getting your camera and sharing your images of this tiny world.

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Camellia Replied to Lynn F Medley 3 months ago

I do love macro and as you said it opens up a whole new world. If you get a chance, look at this guys work on fb, I just love what he does.  His name is Max and his site is called  "The giant world of tiny things"

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Lynn F Medley Replied to Camellia 3 months ago

Thank you I will look him up!

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Tsao T-F 3 months ago

Good series! It is true that a tripod is not very useful because of its continue moving. 
I have similar experience for your reference:
1. Lift the head view.
https://www.photoblog.com/tsao/2018/05/07/the-balcony-observers-report-moth-larva-dasychira-mendosa-ji-ban-du-e/
2. The silk cocoon.
https://www.photoblog.com/tsao/2019/02/28/the-balcony-observers-133th-report-moth-cocoon-dasychira-mendosa-ji-ban-du-e-jian/

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Camellia Replied to Tsao T-F 3 months ago

Thank you for sharing your photos! Looks like your guy/gal is older? I only say that because his tuffs look much larger than the one I captured. Or maybe it's the way you captured him. Either way thank you so much for sharing your experience smile

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Vivienne Albiston Replied to Camellia 3 months ago

I use an old small school bean bag as a camera rest instead of a tripod. Works surprisingly well for a lot of my macro stuff.

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Camellia Replied to Vivienne Albiston 3 months ago

Thank you Vivienne for the tip smile

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Tsao T-F Replied to Camellia 3 months ago

You may like sitting on a small stool and put the guy/gal on a leaf that is in the height about your shoulders. Your elbows can be fixed on your lap, so you don't need a tripod. Now you can follow it comfortably and get photos with many different views, maybe including a "Lift the head" view. grinning Wish you have a good luck.

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Camellia Replied to Tsao T-F 3 months ago

Thank you Tsao for the tip. I let the little guy go back to his environment. I'll wait for the next one and try your suggestions. 😊

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Vivienne Albiston 3 months ago

Just lovely.

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Camellia Replied to Vivienne Albiston 3 months ago

Thank you Vivienne smile

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Heike 3 months ago

Some really great photos. This caterpillar is really a freak. If somebody would ask me, to give him a name, I would call him Alice Cooper. No idea why...smile

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Camellia Replied to Heike 3 months ago

😂😂

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Antonio Gil 3 months ago

Amazing work my friend. And what a beautiful creature

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Camellia Replied to Antonio Gil 3 months ago

Definitely one worth stopping for.

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Björn Roose 3 months ago

Nice shots. And now I want to see that mailbox of yours (and I mean: painted) smile

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Camellia Replied to Björn Roose 3 months ago

Coming right up smile

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Lee Santiva 3 months ago

Really interesting post, that caterpillar was a cool subject with its unusual colors and tuffs ( natures cotton balls). My husband gave me a monopod and that has been great for outdoor macro photography since it gives the stability and flexibility with out so much hassle as a tripod.  I used it for my Macro Monday pictures

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Camellia Replied to Lee Santiva 3 months ago

Thank you Lee. As a matter of fact last night I went shooting at the Municipal theater and one of the photographers there had a monopod that looked pretty sturdy, which made me think that maybe that is something I should consider. May I ask the brand name of your monopod?

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Lee Santiva Replied to Camellia 3 months ago

It's a Bilora, and a really old one, like over 25 years old. My husband found it recently when going through some stuff in the basement and gave it to me. It fits into a backpack which makes easy for me to take it along when I'm outside. I'll probably invest in a newer one someday since I have a hard time getting it back into its compact form.

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Camellia Replied to Lee Santiva 3 months ago

Thank you Lee. I did look up Bilora and apparently while they are still around as far as used , they are not being manufactured now. The guy who was shooting with me gave me the name of his (Sirui P-326 monopod). He is very pleased with it and the only thing he has done is changed the ballhead to  Sirui K-20X to keep it uniform with his tripod. Thought I would share in case you were in the market smile

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Lee Santiva Replied to Camellia 3 months ago

oh yeah, thanks for the tip!

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Bob Rosenberg 3 months ago

Great shots, niece.  Hopefully, you got him to sign a release.  I don't want that part of your inheritance from me to go to some bug.

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Camellia Replied to Bob Rosenberg 3 months ago

Uncle Bob, I not only had him sign a release, I also had him do a "cross my heart and hope to die,I 'll never sue you" affirmation. I am no fool sir smile

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Bob Rosenberg Replied to Camellia 3 months ago

You get an "attagirl".

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Sherry Hill 3 months ago

i absolutely LOVE #5.. 

you got me thinking tho, i don't own a tripod or extensions.. and i'm obsessed with insect/macro.. hmmm
but.. did you finish the mailbox? :)

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Camellia Replied to Sherry Hill 3 months ago

Lol, sometimes I remind myself of my son when he was really young and had just started playing soccer. While every other kid was chasing the ball my son would stop and look at the flower and the birds and.... that might have been a sign of ADD but we never looked at it that way. I too have a tendency to get distracted by pretty things or insect or.... I don't believe I have ADD, it's just some things become more important than others. Ok rambled on long enough....yes after playing and playing for a quite a while, I did go back to the mailbox and finished what I started smile

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Camellia Replied to Camellia 3 months ago

BTW extension tubes are inexpensive  and a lot of fun. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ALNA09W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1
 

 
(I have this one but for a Nikon)

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Jay Boggess 3 months ago

Fabulous set! WOWZERZ!!!

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Camellia Replied to Jay Boggess 3 months ago

I had never seen one before so naturally it was very intriguing.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia 3 months ago

For me, the transformation of caterpillars to butterflies is one of the most amazing things in Mother Nature! smile+1

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