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Butterfly Proboscis, Translucent Nasturtium with Bee and Dancing Caterpillars

18 Aug

1   A friend sent me this beautiful picture today.Isn’t it just remarkable? Thank you, John.

Butterfly Proboscis…Tip of a Butterfly Tongue (720X) by Stephen S. Nagy, M.D.

2   The bees were very busy round the nasturtiums today. It was their sound that drew me over to them.

The sun shines through the nasturtium and through the bee’s wings

3   On one of the leaves of the nasturtiums, I found these little caterpillars and they were dancing! If you look carefully, you can see that some of them have their heads up – you can just see the shadow underneath. They did that for a second or so, rested a moment and were off again in almost synchronised movement. It was delightful to watch but very hard to capture on film.

Caterpillars dancing!

I’ve just looked up ‘dancing caterpillars’ and apparently they do it to put off predators. I must have looked very threatening but it was Mr S they needed to look out for!

 
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25 responses to “Butterfly Proboscis, Translucent Nasturtium with Bee and Dancing Caterpillars

  1. Androgoth

    August 25, 2012 at 1:03 am

    You have a knack for delivering the most
    exciting postings, and your camera work is
    second to none 🙂 Very enjoyable MBT

    Androgoth Xx

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      August 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      I was thrilled with my Nasturtium shot and the butterfly tongue was a revelation. If only that one had been my shot too! 🙂

       
  2. dilipnaidu

    August 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Wow ‘dancing caterpillars’! Never knew much on this. The pictures are very good. Thanks.
    Kind regards.

     
  3. Kate

    August 19, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    The idea of dancing caterpillars made me smile.

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      August 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks, Dilip. I didn’t know why they did it either. It’s a bit sad really to realise that they are dancing to save their lives! 🙂

       
  4. John Roberts

    August 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    The butterfly proboscis looks like you should be able to knit one!

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      August 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      You might just have thrown me a challenge! 🙂

      It’s very nice to meet you on here John! Hope you both enjoyed today’s gig as much as I did. 🙂

       
  5. lodgehousebandbsomerset

    August 19, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Really lovely photos!!

     
  6. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy

    August 19, 2012 at 11:08 am

    That proboscis picture is great!

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      August 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Remarkable isn’t it? Such amazing colours! 🙂

       
  7. mixedupmeme

    August 19, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I am running my teeth over my tongue….or am I running my tongue over my teeth.

    The next time I am in the doctor’s office and he says, “Stick out your tongue and say aaah”, I will be thinking of your butterfly picture. lol

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      August 19, 2012 at 9:21 am

      I wonder if our tongues are as beautiful if magnified x720! Thank you for calling in and commenting.

      Have a happy day! 🙂

       
  8. Don

    August 19, 2012 at 8:52 am

    That proboscis is something else. I had absolutely no idea that it looked like that. Imagine having a tongue which is a work of art. Nature never ceases to amaze me.

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      August 19, 2012 at 9:17 am

      It is amazing isn’t it? Nature’s work of art – I like that! 🙂

       
  9. aidaweb101

    August 19, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Cool shots!
    Cheers!

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      August 19, 2012 at 8:21 am

      Thanks. I wish the butterfly tongue one was mine as the other two are! Thanks for calling in and liking lots of my posts! 🙂

       
      • aidaweb101

        August 19, 2012 at 8:50 am

        My pleasure!
        Cheers!

         
  10. valeriedavies

    August 19, 2012 at 3:29 am

    What an amazing pic of the butterfly tongue. If the Creator put as much effort, imagination and detail in a minute thing like that, what else could we see if we had the eyes to recognise it !

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      August 19, 2012 at 8:22 am

      At first glance I thought it was embroidery around a zip! Quite remarkable. 🙂

       
  11. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    August 19, 2012 at 12:54 am

    are you sure there was not some disco music playing for the caterpillars

     
  12. Choc Chip Uru

    August 18, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I love how you describe these insects, and their photography rocks 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

     
    • mybeautfulthings

      August 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks, Choc Chip! You’d have loved the dancing caterpillars but it’s sad to think they are dancing for their lives! 🙂

       

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