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2010 Season Caterpillars









2010 Season Caterpillar Gallery


Too few people ever realize the natural wonder that Massachusetts’ biological systems have to offer, instead they assume that real biological diversity only exists in the tropics or other far away places. Yet our native flora and fauna are diverse and anything but mundane. Since childhood I have sought to identify and catalog the many species that inhabit our green spaces, from the smallest vacant lots to the largest wildlife refuges. This quest has provided me with a unique education in the natural history of New England.

In the fall of 2008 I began photographing caterpillars. These larval insects demonstrate a diversity of morphology and behavior better than perhaps any other group of animals in this region, and yet, they remain relatively unknown to even the most dedicated of naturalists. Through my photography, and through documenting the life histories of the species I find and raise, I hope to share some of what I have learned about the quality of our native biome.

In ages of exploration, drawing and painting were important tools used to document new discoveries. Old illustrations of insects regularly depict the subject and its food source alone on a page, isolated from background distractions. However, the desire to visually record an insect’s behavior and life history often infused these images with life and motion, and many artistic and powerful compositions resulted. These classical natural history pieces are the source of my inspiration. Isolated against a black background, the caterpillars are conspicuous and sculptural. Further, each species is shown upon its native hostplant and each composition aims to tell a story about its subject’s unique natural history.






Prints for Sale

All images displayed below are available for sale as high quality, archival, Giclée prints. Additional caterpillar prints are also available. For orders or for additional information please feel free to contact me by email at spjaffe at gmail.com. Each photograph is printed by the artist and comes signed on the back along with the name of the insect pictured. *Pbase hosted images lack the intensity and saturation of the actual photographs - higher quality photograph examples available by request through email.

32x17 threeachemon/threeswallowtail archival Giclée print on Baryta Fine Art paper.

25x17" archival Giclée print on Baryta Fine Art paper.

19x13" archival Giclée print on Baryta Fine Art paper.


Copyright © Samuel Jaffe. All rights reserved.
Satyrium titus - Coral Hairstreak
Satyrium titus - Coral Hairstreak
Celastrina ladon ssp. Highbush Blueberry - Spring Azure
Celastrina ladon ssp. Highbush Blueberry - Spring Azure
Tailed Blues and Gray Hairstreak
Tailed Blues and Gray Hairstreak
Papilio glaucus - Tiger Swallowtail
Papilio glaucus - Tiger Swallowtail
Swallowtails 21x40
"Swallowtails" 21x40
Tiger Swallowtail Follow the Leader
"Tiger Swallowtail Follow the Leader"
Papilio troilus - Spicebush Swallowtail
Papilio troilus - Spicebush Swallowtail
Papilio troilus - Spicebush Swallowtail
Papilio troilus - Spicebush Swallowtail
Papilio troilus - Spicebush Chrysalis
Papilio troilus - Spicebush Chrysalis
Northern Pearly Eye Grass
"Northern Pearly Eye Grass"
Enodia anthedon - Northern Pearly Eye Chrysalis
Enodia anthedon - Northern Pearly Eye Chrysalis
Monarch
Monarch
Polygonia comma - Comma Chrysalis
Polygonia comma - Comma Chrysalis
 Drepana bilineata - Two-lined Hooktip
Drepana bilineata - Two-lined Hooktip
Ectropis crepuscularia - Saddleback Looper
Ectropis crepuscularia - Saddleback Looper
Ectropis crepuscularia - Saddleback Looper
Ectropis crepuscularia - Saddleback Looper
Nemoria on Sweetfern
"Nemoria on Sweetfern"
Nemoria Species - Blueberry
Nemoria Species - Blueberry
Blackberry Looper Emerald 15x22
"Blackberry Looper Emerald" 15x22
Red Boots 21x40
"Red Boots" 21x40
Callosamia promethea - Promethea Silk Moth
Callosamia promethea - Promethea Silk Moth
Callosamia promethea -Promethea Silk  Moth
Callosamia promethea -Promethea Silk Moth
Actias luna - Luna Moth
Actias luna - Luna Moth
Actias luna - Luna Moth
Actias luna - Luna Moth
Actias luna - Luna Moth
Actias luna - Luna Moth
WALL of DIVERSITY: Luna Moth Face
WALL of DIVERSITY: "Luna Moth Face"
Actias luna - Luna Moth
Actias luna - Luna Moth
Antheraea polyphemus - Polyphemus Silk Moth
Antheraea polyphemus - Polyphemus Silk Moth
Automeris Io - Io Silk Moth
Automeris Io - Io Silk Moth
Automeris Io - Io Silk Moth
Automeris Io - Io Silk Moth
Hemaris thysbe - Hummingbird Clearwing
Hemaris thysbe - Hummingbird Clearwing
Hemaris thysbe - Hummingbird Clearwing
Hemaris thysbe - Hummingbird Clearwing
Amorpha juglandis - Walnut Sphinx
Amorpha juglandis - Walnut Sphinx
Color of Grape 21x31
"Color of Grape" 21x31
Dolba hyloeus - Pawpaw Sphinx
Dolba hyloeus - Pawpaw Sphinx
Sphinx kalmiae - Laurel Sphinx
Sphinx kalmiae - Laurel Sphinx
Fawn Sphinx
"Fawn Sphinx"
WALL of DIVERSITY: Fawn Sphinx
WALL of DIVERSITY: "Fawn Sphinx"
Sphinx poecilla
Sphinx poecilla
Apple Sphinx - Sphinx poecila
Apple Sphinx - Sphinx poecila
Ceratomia undulosa - Waved Sphinx
Ceratomia undulosa - Waved Sphinx
Furcula cinerea - Gray Furcula
Furcula cinerea - Gray Furcula
Furcula cinerea - Gray Furcula
Furcula cinerea - Gray Furcula
Furcula borealis - White Furcula
Furcula borealis - White Furcula
Nadata gibbosa
"Nadata gibbosa"
Notodonta scitipennis/torva - Finned Prominent
Notodonta scitipennis/torva - Finned Prominent
Notodonta scitipennis - Finned Prominent
Notodonta scitipennis - Finned Prominent
 Life on the Leaf Edge - Finned 21x31
" Life on the Leaf Edge - Finned" 21x31
Notodonta scitipennis - Finned Prominent
Notodonta scitipennis - Finned Prominent
Heterocampa obliqua - Oblique Heterocampa
Heterocampa obliqua - Oblique Heterocampa
 Life on the Leaf Edge - Blotched 21x31
" Life on the Leaf Edge - Blotched" 21x31
 Life on the Leaf Edge - Wavy 21x31
" Life on the Leaf Edge - Wavy" 21x31
Schizura Ipomoeae - Morning Glory Prominent Pair
Schizura Ipomoeae - Morning Glory Prominent Pair
 Life on the Leaf Edge - Checkered 21x31
" Life on the Leaf Edge - Checkered" 21x31
Schizura leptinoides - Black Blotched Prominent
Schizura leptinoides - Black Blotched Prominent
Schizura unicornis - Unicorn Caterpillar
Schizura unicornis - Unicorn Caterpillar
Schizura concinna - Red Hump Caterpillar
Schizura concinna - Red Hump Caterpillar
 Life on the Leaf Edge - Capped
" Life on the Leaf Edge - Capped"
Oligocentria semirufescens - Red-washed Prominent
Oligocentria semirufescens - Red-washed Prominent
Oligocentria semirufescens - Red-washed Prominent
Oligocentria semirufescens - Red-washed Prominent
Peridea ferruginea - Chocolate Prominent
Peridea ferruginea - Chocolate Prominent
Peridea ferruginea - Chocolate Prominent
Peridea ferruginea - Chocolate Prominent
Datana drexelii - Drexel's Datana
Datana drexelii - Drexel's Datana
Datana drexelii - Drexel's Datana
Datana drexelii - Drexel's Datana
Acronicta impleta - Yellow-haired Dagger
Acronicta impleta - Yellow-haired Dagger
Marsh Caterpillar 15x22
"Marsh Caterpillar" 15x22
Harrisimemna trisignata - Harris's Three Spot
Harrisimemna trisignata - Harris's Three Spot
Harrisimemna trisignata - Harris's Three Spot
Harrisimemna trisignata - Harris's Three Spot
Harrisimemna trisignata - Harris's Three Spot
Harrisimemna trisignata - Harris's Three Spot
Spider Mimic
Spider Mimic
Banner:  Two Noctuids
"Banner: Two Noctuids"
Zale sp. - White Pine Zale Species
Zale sp. - White Pine Zale Species
Psaphida styracis - Fawn Sallow
Psaphida styracis - Fawn Sallow
Grapevine Calligraphy 21x31
"Grapevine Calligraphy" 21x31
Wild Lettuce 21x31
"Wild Lettuce" 21x31
Heliothis virescens - Tobbaco Budworm
Heliothis virescens - Tobbaco Budworm
Schinia florida - Evening Primrose Moth
Schinia florida - Evening Primrose Moth
Goldenrod Flower Caterpillars
"Goldenrod Flower Caterpillars"
Brown-hooded Owlet
Brown-hooded Owlet
Brown-hooded Owlet
Brown-hooded Owlet
Calophasia lunula - Toadflax brocade moth
Calophasia lunula - Toadflax brocade moth
Calophasia lunula - Toadflax brocade moth
Calophasia lunula - Toadflax brocade moth
Cycnia tenera - Dogbane tiger-moth or Delicate Cycnia
Cycnia tenera - Dogbane tiger-moth or Delicate Cycnia