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).
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.