I had the pleasure of watching and photographing a Monarch egg hatching late yesterday. These 6 images are all full frame at about 1.5X (7D2, 180mm macro L at nearly it’s closest focus). The different colors are due to the lighting changing as the shadows moved. The series shows the cat eating a hole in the egg case, climbing out and turning around to munch on the egg case for it’s first meal.
Wow! This is incredible, Mark! Thank you for sharing this series of images. I didn’t realize the egg nor the Caterpillar were that tiny. Well done.
Mark, a truly wonderful story telling sequence of images here. I too was amazed at how small the actual egg to caterpillar sizes were in the sequence. It goes to show how amazing our natural world is at all different sizes…
Wow, how interesting! Thanks for sharing this.
Mark: We’ve “raised” Monarchs for many years and I’ve seen this first hand several times. It never gets old. It reminds me of a series of images I took several years ago of a Monarch emerging. I may have to go hard drive diving to see if I can find them. for this. >=))>