Day 84: Monarch Chrysalis

by Ivan Steenkamp April. 02, 2017 672 views


Today's post is one that ties in nicely with a post I did 3 weeks ago about a Monarch butterfly and caterpillar (Day 57: Chasing Butterflies). Now I have the stage in between the butterfly and caterpillar captured! 

My Mum brought this chrysalis from our friend's place over to our place so that I could take some photos of it. I did pretty much the same lighting setup as I usually use. An external flash and softbox.

While I was typing the above paragraph I got sidetracked and looked at a few videos of caterpillars transforming into chrysalises. This is my favourite video: Caterpillar to Chrysalis Metamorphosis Timelapse (YouTube).

I have never noticed that when it transforms into a chrysalis it actually sheds its old skin and throws it of. I think it is pretty cool!

A vibrant green chrysalis (looks like a shiny cocoon) hanging from a stick

I love the vibrant green colour!

Metadata: D5300, 50mm f/1.8 reverse mounted, unknown aperture, 1/200 sec, ISO-100. 

Lighting: External flash with softbox.

Editing: Photoshop, Camera Raw and Color Efex Pro


“Nothing ever really goes away--it just changes into something else. Something beautiful.” ― Sarah Ockler

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