Sunday, May 16, 2010
Eastern Tent Caterpillars
These caterpillars are considered to be pests. Every several years an outbreak of these caterpillars occurs, and they can quickly defoliate a plant or tree once they get started eating. There is one good thing about this situation though. The plant they eat the leaves off of almost always recovers just fine. Their only real permanent damage is their ugliness.
Even with all this talk of them being pests, I still found them very interesting to look at. This is the first year I've been able to watch them, and I don't often get to see caterpillars at all. So far I've seen only one type of caterpillar each year, and I've been looking for them desperately.
The problem is with my fancy new camera. You see, I've been having trouble getting closeup shots of any kind. I've been trying everything I can think of, but I can't do macro shots with it. The first tent just would not focus when I was close. This camera is supposed to be good at this kind of thing, but it obviously works differently than my old camera. I also can't seem to get manual focus to help.
So my solution has been to experiment quite a bit at home, and I'll continue with some of what I've learned the next time I go out. I hope I'll be back very soon with some excellent macro shots for you. Maybe a kind squirrel will let me stick my camera right up to its face. Yeah right!