Kowhai moth caterpillar (Uresiphita polygonalis maorialis) snacking on new seed pod. Image: Su Leslie 2019
Macro photography truly does change the way it’s possible to see the world; focusing in on tiny details unobserved by the naked eye, and saving them as so many pixels on a computer chip.
From the life-cycle of a monarch caterpillar to the fine hairs on a bee’s body, what seemed hidden is revealed.
Last summer the Big T and I planted milkweed, and enjoyed front-row seats to the lives of some monarch butterflies. From egg to mature caterpillar takes around two weeks; the chrysalis stage lasts around 10 days, and a butterfly can emerge, dry its wings and fly away in about 10 minutes.