To the naked eye, this caterpillar is very much a part of the plant instead of a hungry larval feeding on the young leaves. But under the macro lens, every single detail come to life in glorious beauty.
Striped caterpillar ... Actually, its a very hungry caterpillar munching its way to become an Austrailian Joseph's Coat Moth (not a monarch as I originally thought. Monarch caterpillars are black-white-yellow stripe)
Caterpillar which becomes the Black Swallowtail butterfly...many people do not understand that is order to have butterflies one must first have something for the caterpillar to eat...these loved my fennel and when disturbed, shoot out little orange horns that exude an orangy odor...nice!