Canon 300D, handheld
Sigma 24-135 on 20mm extension tube
On-camera flash, bounced from white card
78mm at f11
1/125 second at ISO 100

It's a garnish – you don't eat it
black swallowtail Papilio polyxenes asterias caterpillar larva

The Girlfriend set up outdoor planters one year to grow some herbs & peppers, and attract insects such as these. It worked far better than expected. Overnight, she was inundated with black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes asterias) caterpillars, who set on the parsley as if it were their favorite dish, which it is! So many of them appeared that they wiped out both planters within a week, and still hadn't formed their chrysalises yet. She ended up buying fresh parsley to keep them around for the full cycle, but it didn't work. The two dozen or so caterpillars moved off leaving nothing but stems in their wake.

Of course, in that time I was taking advantage of it, and shot an untold number of frames. This is one I liked for the direct angle.