05 April 2013

Antheraea polyphemus caterpillar

Photo by Colin Hutton, from Smithsonian Magazine's tenth annual photo contest, via The Big Picture.  I am in awe of the depth of field in this closeup image; I suppose the photographer used focus stacking to achieve the effect.

Last year I blogged my own experience with the eclosion of a Polyphemus moth.


  1. I'm sorry but this is not a Polyphemus caterpillar. It is a Luna caterpillar.

    1. No need to be sorry; I appreciate corrections.

      I just tracked the image back to the photographer's website -


      to make sure it wasn't a transcription error by Smithsonian or Boston.com. He specializes in arthropod macrophotography, and does have a photo of an Acitas luna cat -


      - but that doesn't preclude an error having been introduced at some point.

      I'll ask around.

  2. I am an amateur photographer and I used to raise endangered giant moths for release. I have a few nice photos of the Luna I'd like to share but am not very savvy when it comes to blogs and such. I am, however, a dedicated reader of yours.

  3. You've probably already seen this, but I thought I'd pass it along. (take out the spaces)

    http: //www. sciencedump.com/content/has-got-be-coolest-caterpillar-ever

    Happy new year, and thanks for the great posts. I especially like the stoneworking, and have just discovered your blog about that! will go explore later.

    1. I did blog that photo last year -


      - but I appreciate the link to the underwing moth site. Tx.


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