21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

Don’t be afraid of the sharp spines or stings. This is slug caterpillar moth or cup moth larvae. Cup Moth larvae are often highly ornamented and brightly colored. It has stinging spines called nettle caterpillars. A stinging slug caterpillar generally bears warning coloration and stinging hairs. These hairs can inject venom from poison sacs carried at their base that are used as defensive weapons. Reactions can range from a mild itching to a very painful sting. We can see various types of caterpillars in our daily life from our backyard garden to jungle. Here I wanted to create eye-catchy and attractive image by combining stings with the mushroom spores. I have got this image at the local forest called “SAL BON”, outskirts of Cooch Behar town. This forest is under social forestry forest department of West Bengal Govt. where I frequently go with my camera. This forest is full of flora and fauna. This forest was made by the Maharajas of Cooch Behar (Narayana Dynasty) about 250 years ago. They must have thought that this forest area would one day supply oxygen to the people of Cooch Behar. But due to lack of proper care, maintenance and conservation, all the animal, bird and bio diversity flora & fauna of this forest area is getting lost day by day. This place has now become a hangout place for all kinds of drug addicts to criminals. I have repeatedly informed the Govt. officials about these but to no avail.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Cooch Behar, India
Camera: NIKON D500
Copyright: © ANIRBAN DUTTA