The Trumpapillar–a caterpillar who looks like Trump–found in jungle

Written by on September 30, 2016 in Celebrity Critters - 1 Comment

Photographer Jeff Cremer was in the jungle when he spotted this.

Here’s the story:

So, I found Donald Trumps Hair in the jungle the other day. I was getting I was getting ready to go out and check some camera traps that I had set up and while I was putting my shoes on a guy said “Hey, theres a cool caterpillar on a tree over there.” I went over to see what it was and sure enough, it was Donald Trumps hair hanging out on a tree. I took a few photos with my macro lens then zoomed in with my MP-E 65mm lens. This lens is like a 5x microscope that attaches to the camera. I was able to zoom in so close that I was able to photograph the urticating barbs on the hairs. Urtica is Latin for “nettle” (stinging nettles are in the genus Urtica), and hairs that urticate are characteristic of this type of plant, and many other plants in several families. This term also refers to certain types of barbed hairs that cover the dorsal and posterior surface of a tarantula’s or caterpillar’s abdomen.

I needed to be careful when taking the pictures because there was a little breeze and the stinging hairs started coming off and floating around in the breeze. If one of them touched my skin or landed in my eye it could have been a bad situation.

I took a few photos with my macro lens then zoomed in with my MP-E 65mm lens. This lens is like a 5x microscope that attaches to the camera. I was able to zoom in so close that I was able to photograph the urticating barbs on the hairs. Urtica is Latin for “nettle” (stinging nettles are in the genus Urtica), and hairs that urticate are characteristic of this type of plant, and many other plants in several families. This term also refers to certain types of barbed hairs that cover the dorsal and posterior surface of a tarantula’s or caterpillar’s abdomen.

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h/t: Facebook Jeff Cremer

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