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. 🐛🐜🐝🐞🕷🦋