Observing the Micromovements of Bugs

31 October 2010
Was shooting the pupae of a Nolid Moth, also known affectionately as Big Head Cat to the shooters at Admiralty Park, when I noticed that the head’s shape changes slowly. These minute movements can only be observed if you stare long enough through a macro lens… so I did a small animation to illustrate it. ūüėõ

Nolid Moth - DSC_7867#1 Head shot of the Nolid Moth Pupae, it’s head contorts slowly like a massage chair

Nolid Moth larva (Nolidae) - DSC_7885#2 Discovered the movements after I shot this and wondered why it’s head was so lopsided

Nolid Moth larva (Nolidae) - DSC_7865#3 Side profile of the big headed guy. Yes, the swollen part is the head!

Caterpillar - DSC_7809#4 The guy responsible for the hole in the leaf!

Caterpillar - DSC_7810#5 Going closer to view it’s face

Caterpillar - DSC_7828#6 And closer… munching slowly

Caterpillar - DSC_7852#7 Side profile of the punk hairdo

Spider's egg sac? - DSC_7839#8 Likely to be the emptied egg sac of a Whip Spider (aka Twig Spider)

Cicada moult (Cicadidae) - DSC_7888#9 Moulted shell of a Cicada

Caterpillar - DSC_7908#10 A horned caterpillar with a little buddy attachment on top

The complete album can be viewed here.
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    6 June 2011

    nice shots



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