The First of Many: Cinnabar

e6filmusere6filmuser e6filmuserPosts: 2,625Registered Users Major grins

The moths have been around for weeks. They wait until the flower buds are fully formed, but not open, then they lay their eggs (at the bases of?) on the flowers. I have never found the eggs.

We have watched as the tiny, black (to the naked eye) first instar larvae appear on one plant after another (4 so far). on consecutive days. As the larvae develop we have to shepherd them, moving them from plants stripped of their leaves to fresh ones.

This was a second instar larva, the first instar in which the distinctive colour pattern is clearly visible. Finding it alone, away from the flower buds was a gift for composition.

Olympus EM-1 (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, 1/200 at f9, hand-held.

The TC was not necessary but I was diverted form other subjects where it was,

Harold

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