Portrait of a toxic caterpillar [Original Photography]

Hi

So it turns out that I should really have checked this caterpillar out on-line before I started playing with it and taking images. This is the caterpillar of the brown tailed moth. You only have to look at some of the news reports to see how problematic these little buggers can be

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1818965/alarm-as-billions-of-brown-tail-moth-larvae-which-can-cause-blindness-descend-on-essex-village/

(although it's quite normal for The Sun newspaper to exaggerate their stories).

The hairs on this beautiful beast can cause irritation, breathing difficulties and blindness. It's probably the most dangerous portrait session I have ever taken part in.

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Thanks for looking

Mark


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aaaaaaaaaaaaah they are so hairy ! and so pretty ! but looking at these also makes me itchy a little XD

lovely definition and colours, mark <3 very beautiful shots !!! <3

Great fifth tag! These macros left me wondering about the many self defence techniques of mother nature 🙂

These are awesome! It is crazy that these little demons can cause all those problems. We had caterpillars that would cause really bad rashes and irritation when I lived in Japan but they were so cool to look at and super fluffy.


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How big is this little trouble maker? It's hard to believe it can cause harm :) Beautiful portraits, worth taking the risk! :)

Me parece realmente lindo <3
Muy buenas fotos.

amazing portrait of this caterpillar!

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Congratulations friend. An excellent macro, your stamp. And that's a lot. A teacher hug.