So, these are the giant creatures who have moved into my garden. I haven’t the heart to evict them because I think they will turn into butterflies and I clearly don’t like dill as much as they do. But I had a spare 5 minutes so I grabbed my camera to try to get some photos of them. They are getting fatter every day, and now that I have seen them operate up close I know why. They only look slow. In fact, that head was chowing down each little stalk of dill with the speed of a rabbit. In fact, they looked sort of rabbit-ish in the way they just speed-knawed down each little spike.
They are also slightly shy. This gentleman (or lady) would stop eating when I got too close and then at one point decided I meant no harm and proceeded with decimating my dill.
By the way, I’m not a pacifist, I just like butterflies. When the big nasty green ones show up for my tomatoes, they are going to meet a different gardener…one with gloves instead of a camera. But for now…I’m just enjoying.
And this one went up above the empty stalk like she was going to challenge me to a boxing match, or wanted me to get her good side. Who knows? But it made for a nice 5 minute break. The little stuff is always much more interesting than I give it credit for. That’s why I love my 100mm macro lens. It is when I go back to edit that I see all of the little wonders. Out in the glaring 3 pm sun, I couldn’t see all of the little legs and tiny hairs and things. But when I opened them up in Lightroom I was stunned by the complexity of these small creatures. I know they are complex; I knew that…but it took a visit with a camera for me to really ponder it for a moment. It is one of the greatest things about photography, whether you like the photos you take or not.