Egg Papilio machaon update I & update II

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Re: Egg Papilio machaon update I & update II

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Working out well! Odds are it will be parasitized, but fingers crossed.
Your use of a plamp attached directly to the tripod is giving me an idea to try a modification of what I do, which right now is with a plamp attached to a separate pole. I can move the camera around it but its a bit fussy as it is now. Mount the pole. Attach the plamp, and then attach the plant to the plamp...
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Re: Egg Papilio machaon update I & update II

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Connecting to tripod has also limitations. Once set you can not move it whitout disconectig the plant.

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Hope its ok to keep on posting follow ups in the same topic.

One from this morning an one from tonight.
lots of company ;)
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And a short video during breakfast. Klick for Video

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Guido wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:22 pm
And a short video during breakfast. Klick for Video
This looks like healthy feeding of a probably 2nd instar larva. ("2nd instar" is between first and second molts.)

The earlier video, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWpVsyitBak , looked like defensive behavior of a caterpillar in its resting state while getting ready to molt.

If you want to protect this caterpillar from parasitoids, while still leaving it in place, you might tie a fine mesh bag over the whole plant or at least the part the caterpillar is on.

The bag technique worked well for me when I raised the North American subspecies, Papilio machaon oregonius. Of course that was a long time ago, summer of 1968 I believe, back when oregonius was considered a full species. Different food plant -- oregonius feeds on wild tarragon, Artemisia dracunculus. To this day I find it hard to walk by a tarragon plant without checking it for larvae.

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Thx for The Info. The Bag is a good idea!



Day 5, this time with the FF an Schneider 60/4 and bellows

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and this one with four third sensor.

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I have several of this type of laundry basket with a finer weave, great for enclosing living plants + caterpillars; perhaps you could get one locally.
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This one for now, looking for a better one.

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That should block most parasitoids, but you will want to have it fit snugly on the stem. There are tiny wasps that can get thru though.
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Day 6, working on my stacking skills.

20 images focus bracketing step 10
Gx80, Olympus 60/2,8 macro, 1/320, f2,8, iso 200

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Day 11

Stacks, 20 pictures, Focus bracket, Software affinity foto. Think I need other software for more complex subjects.

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Day 18 and counting!

My wife named him or her Romeo :D

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and some video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q74ff1Y ... e=youtu.be

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So nicely done! Your patience really paid off!
The trouble with quick and dirty is that the dirty remains after the quick is gone.

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Excellent series-well done. :)

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