I’m working on some new photography for www.wormspit.com
These are ultra-close images of little tiny silkworms. If you don’t like caterpillars
This is a one-day Kego, or hatchling silkworm. One site that I found translates the word Kego as “hairy baby” – you can certainly see why, once you get really up close!
For scale. That’s a dime.
Here’s some more shots of the same caterpillar, moving. He was on top of the dime, and since the metallic surface didn’t push his “tasty leaf” buttons, he was traveling to try to get back on the leaf. He kept doing this funny little dance, which is typical of the species – it’s a small circle, moving sideways very slightly. They really do have to have the food dropped literally on top of them, or they starve. I got the impression he was not that fond of the dime.
Same caterpillar, still looking for leaf.
Different caterpillar, on the chopped leaf.
Very, very close on the eggs. You can actually see the caterpillar curled within the egg in the middle; the head is upward. Just behind it at about 10 o’clock position, is another egg where you can see the back of the caterpillar facing you – the diagonal lines are the hairs on its back pressed inside the shell of the egg.