The Sanjay Gandhi National Park Photography Contest 2015
In A Mesh
Special Mention: Zeeshan Mirza
Every bend of the Shilonda trail of the park reveals a natural history wonder to those who look closely for the marvels of nature. Here a caterpillar of the family Erebidae (subfamily Arctiinae), commonly known as tiger, lichen and tussock moths, builds a delicate cage where it will pupate. Using its body hair and held together by silk, it weaves the open square mesh cage, and even manages to push its final larval skin outside the cage while forming its pupa. When the moth finally emerges, it exits the cage without damaging it. Up, up and away after that!
EXIF: Canon EOS 1000D, ISO-200, Shutter speed-1/60 sec., aperture-f/16, Focal Length-55 mm.