Saturday, July 26, 2014

Woolly Bear Caterpillar


Found a Woolly Bear Caterpillar this morning. According to folklore one can predict the coming winter by measuring how long the center section with the lighter colored fur is (or dots in the case of this specimen). The longer the center section, the milder the winter.

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  1. Great photo and a wonderful name for this amazing little caterpillar!

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  2. We have a caterpillar down this way that they say that about except they say the longer the center section the colder the winter. Now I have to go look for a caterpillar!

    That's another great close up shot.. Lots of detail in the leaf and caterpillar. Is that with the 18-300mm lens?

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    1. I could have my folklore backwards, wouldn't be the first time. Ha ha!

      Yes this is with the 18-300 at f16 I believe and cropped to about 1/4 of the original picture.

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  3. Amazing macro. It's great what you can see when you get up close.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  4. yes, very different from the wooly bear we have here! this one's really cool!

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  5. That's one colorful tattoo!

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  6. Another great macro shot! Is this from handheld?

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    1. Thanks Q. Yes handheld, I see that the shutter speed was 1/500th of a second for this shot.

      My hand it would seem is much steadier than my cheapo plastic tripod. The only way to get my tripod to hold still is to use the remote or shoot with the timer.

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  7. He's beautiful. We have folklore here in Pa that says if our caterpillars are all black we will have a bad winter. I"ve seen two black ones so far. Otherwise they are a dark brown with black stripes.

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  8. Nice macro Paul! The texture of this caterpillar really adds to the shot!

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