My excursion last night started with Roger and Mark pointing out to me this splendid caterpillar in return for me showing them my Carnaby Street clearwing. You show me yours and I’ll show you mine.
The importance of backgrounds was something I rarely thought about much in the past until I started to realise that clean backgrounds with complementary colours tend to make a picture much more appealing. It ought to be blindingly obvious. Sadly there is little in life that is so to me. I tend to be more of an explorer without a sextant and I usually get there by luck rather than judgement.
Now though I wanted a decent backdrop for the cat, especially as this was taken with flash. I need a decent DoF but not enough light to render the background disruptive.
Here is what I ended up with.
None is perfect but the bottom one is closest to being good. In the first one the tail end is out of focus and it is a tad over-saturated. Either movement or not enough DoF caused the blur. The middle one has some messy patches where I have tried to reduce the noise at the expense of the sharpness. I may have another go at this one. The bottom one looks reasonably natural.
Dr. Roger Kendrick wrote: suspect it’s a Bastilla sp (Erebidae, Erebinae, Poaphilini). Note that there are two fully functional pairs of abdominal prolegs.
And Mercury Wong told me the LFP (larval food plant) is Smilax sp., should be Smilax glabra
This is a team effort.