Lyn Finn
Hunter Region School of Photography in Newcastle
,
Macquarie Hills,
New South Wales, Australia.

photos: copyright Lyn & Gordon Finn

1 : December, 2003: Hawk moth caterpillar on Mint,
length about 7 cms,
SPHINGIDAE.
2 : #1 again.
3 : #1 once more.
4 : another view of #1.
5 : #1 yet again.
6 : This is one of three have found over two days in December 2003. They have all been found on mint and are about 3.5cm long. They tend to curl into a ball and flick themselves sideways when alarmed.
Chrysodeixis argentifera,
NOCTUIDAE.
7 : November 2003: another caterpillar on Tomato,
length about 2 cms.
Perhaps Helicoverpa armigera,
NOCTUIDAE.
8 : November 2003: tiny caterpillar in a Shallot flower. There were around half a dozen of these tiny caterpillars in the same flower.
They were about 4-5mm long.
Perhaps Helicoverpa armigera,
NOCTUIDAE.
9 : 26 December 2003: some unidentified eggs on a dried grass stem (possibly Paspalum). The cluster measures about 1 cm in length, and each individual egg is about 1mm long. They are shiny green, and appear to the naked eye to be circular, but the enlarged photos show they have a type of circular fringe at the non-adhered end.
10 : #9 once more, in close-up, two days later.
One can definitely see something inside (stripey somethings).
This image was taken with a Nikon PB-6 bellows fully extended and a Nikon 200mm Medical Lens with its matching 1 diopter auxilliary lens - f45 @ 1/8 sec, no flash.
11 : #9 once again, hatched 31 Dec 2003, about 8.30 a.m.
The bugs are surrounding the egg cases.
12 : #9 once again, 10 January 2004
3rd instar.
13 : December 2003, Theretra latreillii,
SPHINGIDAE.
14 : December 2003, length 3cms. Found under a Gum Tree,
unknown mummified caterpillar.
15 : December 2003, length 4.5 cms., on Silver Beet,
Spodoptera litura,
dorsal view,
NOCTUIDAE.
16 : #16 again,
lateral view.
17 : #16 again,
head close-up.
18 : #16 again,
claspers and tail close-up.
19 : December 2003, on Cauliflower, length 2 cms.
Pieris rapae,
PIERIDAE.
20 : #19 again: December 2003, on Cauliflower, length 2 cms.
pupa of Pieris rapae,
PIERIDAE.
21 : #19 again: 4 January 2004,
adult butterfly just emerged,
Pieris rapae,
PIERIDAE.
22 : #19 again: 4 January 2004,
head close-up,
Pieris rapae,
PIERIDAE.
23 : 4 January 2004,
unknown bug.
24 : 23 January 2004 parasitic wasp.
25 : case of small moth caterpillar.
26 : January 2004, on Wandering Jew, length 1.2 cms.
Its camouflage was amazing, as it was lying along the spine of the leaf. I wasn't even certain that it wasn't part of the leaf until I looked at it under a magnifying glass. It doesn't chew the leaf like most caterpillars I have seen. It seems to graze the green away, and leave a fine netting behind. Hypena subvittalis ,
NOCTUIDAE.
27 : #26 pupa, 4 January 2004,
Hypena subvittalis ,
NOCTUIDAE.
28 : #26 4 January 2004 moth,
wingspan about 2 cms.
Hypena subvittalis ,
NOCTUIDAE.
29 : #26: 4 January 2004,
close-up of head of moth.
Hypena subvittalis ,
NOCTUIDAE.
30 : 19 January 2004,
first instars, length 0.1 cm.
Crocidolomia pavonana,
CRAMBIDAE.
31 : #30: 25 January 2004,
early instars, length 1 cm.
Crocidolomia pavonana,
CRAMBIDAE.
32 : #30: 25 January 2004,
late instar dorsal view,
Crocidolomia pavonana,
CRAMBIDAE.
33 : #30: January 2004,
late instar lateral view,
Crocidolomia pavonana,
CRAMBIDAE.
34 : #30: 4 February 2004, female moth
Crocidolomia pavonana,
CRAMBIDAE.
35 : #30: female moth, underside
Crocidolomia pavonana,
CRAMBIDAE.
36 : #30: male moth,
Crocidolomia pavonana,
CRAMBIDAE.
37 : #30: male moth, underside
Crocidolomia pavonana,
CRAMBIDAE.
38 : larva of Illeis galbula
COCCINELLIDAE.
39 : #38 pupa Illeis galbula
COCCINELLIDAE.
40 : #38 adult Illeis galbula
COCCINELLIDAE.
41 : December 2003,
eggs and larva of Epilachna vigintioctopunctata
(28 Spot Ladybird)
COCCINELLIDAE.
42 : #41 adult Epilachna vigintioctopunctata
(28 Spot Ladybird)
COCCINELLIDAE.
43 : pupa of Leaf Hopper
FLATIDAE, HOMOPTERA.
44 : #43 adult Leaf Hopper
probably Siphanta acuta (Walker, 1851) FLATIDAE, HOMOPTERA.
45 : February 2004,
January 2004,
cocoon and pupa,
Plutella xylostella,
PLUTELLIDAE.
46 : #45: February 2004,
adult moth,
Plutella xylostella,
PLUTELLIDAE.
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   : Most of these photos were taken with a Nikon D100 (digital camera), using a 70-300mm Nikkor lens, a PN-11 extension tube and a ring flash. The original images were captured as TIFF files at 300ppi, and the 'full-size' pictures here are low resolution versions of these. The shutter speed used was 1/60 and aperture f32. The flash output was adjusted to get correct exposure from full output to 1/16 (typically 1/16). Using Photoshop, the white point and black point in "Levels" were adjusted to give full saturation and contrast.

(updated 5 July 2011)
Don Herbison-Evans