Before & After
Last Sunday I was walking in a beautful nature area together with an other nature photographer and we had a nice conversation about butterfly photography and the meaning of it (for me). Since I was a little girl, I was always interested in all stages of butterflies and I adored little, sometimes hairy caterpillars and allowed them to use my finger/hand to climb on.
For me butterfly photography is the hole life-cycle and not only a beautiful photo of the imago.
Twelve days ago everything started with the discovery of a Painted Lady caterpillar on a 'new' larval foodplant, Common Wormwood. Twelve days later the butterfly emerged and flew away.
Finding caterpillars always give me a certain kind of exitement and so I searched a lot last week and visited some area's with thistles and Stinging Nettles. The most caterpillars I did not find in nature area's but in my own garden and in the meadow of Mrs van de Breemortel. In my own garden I found caterpillars of the Map Butterfly which will emerge, depending on the weather, this year as forma prosa (black) or next year as forma levana (orange).
In the meadow,/border of Mrs van de Breemortel I found at least two big nests of the Peacock Butterfly....over 200 caterpillars are crawling through the nettles at the moment....and I also have a chrysalis of the Red Admiral and the Comma Butterly......so this blog will be continued soon!
20/8/2014 07:59:14 am
Awesome story and a great experience!!
20/8/2014 08:09:42 am
Prachtige opnames en leuke info Silvia!
20/8/2014 10:41:35 am
Hoi Silvia, goed verhaal bij je prachtige foto's, kijk uit naar het vervolg!
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Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.