Photo of Caterpillar Eating DillSo, 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.


Photo of Caterpillar Eating DillAt this point he was attached to one empty stalk and reached out over to another. It was rather impressive.














Photo of Caterpillar Climbing DillAnd 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.


  1. Bobbye Bennett

    Hi Kelly,

    Your caterpillar images are wonderful, nice clarity of detail.
    What type of camera are you using? It’s your vision that matters,
    I’m just curious what you are shooting with.


    • Thanks Bobbye. I shoot a Canon 5D MarkII and I was using a Canon 100mm Macro lens. It is a combo that I usually use for my food shots but can be very fun with the little wonders, as well. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Their coloring looks similar to monarch butterfly caterpillars. You are wonderful not to evict them, they’re probably beneficial in other ways. But you are generous to sacrifice your dill. 🙂
    Meanwhile, gardening columnist Marshall Hinsley wrote a column about how he was able to lure the tomato horn worms away from his tomatoes by planting something called a datura plant nearby?

    • Hi, Teresa. The dill is the only one I’m prepared to hand over like that. My kids prefer butterflies to dill, and I suppose I do, too. But I’m thrilled to hear that there is a way to “coax” those nasty horn worms somewhere other than the trash can. Frankly, for a caterpillar, they are a little intimidating. I swear they hiss at me when I walk by. So far, they haven’t shown up yet. But, I’ve got my eyes peeled. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Amazing colors, you photos are fabulous!