Backyard Critters


Ava Budden

Winner of

Lower Secondary Category

Written Statement

Life is fragile for most invertebrates. I used the macro settings on my Olympus TG-6 (and Oppo phone) to showcase the tiny and delicate details of some critters that I found in my back yard.

My first image captures a battle–weary cabbage moth, with tattered wings recouping some strength. Surprisingly these daytime moths are very territorial and the males savagely fight for female attention.

In my second image, this Grapevine Moth larvae is using a bold tactic to disguise it’s fragility. It has evolved brightly coloured skin and spines to deter predators from eating it.

Finally, my third image captures the delicate slimy folds of a snail as it peeps out from underneath it’s protective shell.


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