Caterpillar on California Poppy

Antelope Valley, about an hour and a half drive northeast of Los Angeles, is known as one of the best places in the country to view spring wildflowers. In particular, the California poppies. I arrived about a week or so late for the peak bloom, so decided to focus on individual flowers, rather than landscapes, to see what might be creeping around. I was photographing a beetle when I looked over and saw this caterpillar emerging from the bottom of one of the poppies.

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  1. mom May 19, 2010 at 8:24 am #

    While I find these guys creepy…no pun intended….I DO love the shot of the poppy. You know how I love flowers. Poppies are so vibrant in color and so delicate. Mine are about to burst into bloom in my garden and it is pouring rain today so I am happy that they have waited til tomorrow since the rain just strips the flowers right off the stems.

  2. Kimmarie May 19, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    Calming and beautiful!

  3. jim May 19, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    I took a shot very similar to this only mine was at a keg party during my senior year at college.

  4. Luba June 9, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    Your photography is absolutely stunning!
    Wonderful photos you make!
    Thank you for doing them….