Pretty in Pink.


Nasty little creatures, most caterpillars are. And arrogant, no less. The more colourful they are, the more poisonous and unpalateable. The vivid colours are usually their way of saying, as Sheldon puts it, neener-neener.

They also have an insatiable appetite. Eating many times their weight, a single caterpillar can devour most of the young leaves and shoots on a bush, like this one was in the process of doing.

Metadata Canon Powershot G11. ISO 100. f/2.8 at 1/60 second. Edited using Picasa 3.8 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.
Taken in December 2010 at my workplace in Bommasandra, Bangalore, India.

Pretty in Pink.

2 thoughts on “Pretty in Pink.

  1. Madhu says:

    The rest of this blog loaded before the picture. Pretty in Pink was quite misleading. 😀 What particular caterpillar is this? Looks a bit like a silk worm. Although they are less pink. And I havent observed the anatomical details of creepy crawlies much, (until this blog!) so perhaps I’m completely off mark and this looks nothing like a silk worm.Where was it taken? All this information you must provide.

  2. Anonymous says:

    If I were to guess, this is a caterpillar belonging to some butterfly species. Usually moth caterpillars are far less colourful. Cataloguing them is a particularly challenging task though, I’ve gotten fairly good with spiders, but have had little luck with the rest. And yes, I’ll start posting more metadata on all these photos soon. Danke!

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