by Hazel Straub
How many of you have admired the beauty of butterflies and identified with their transformation from a caterpillar? There, however, is a process that it must go through before appearing as a butterfly. First, the caterpillar emerges from a tiny egg and eats the leaves on which it arises. It is very hungry and eats much, shedding its skin and growing to 100 times its original size. Second, it forms a chrysalis, which hangs from a twig or the underside of a leaf and hardens.
Inside, the pupa begins to digest its whole body. Soon, only a nutrient rich liquid remains, instead of the caterpillar. The wings and the entire butterfly form, in this restrictive protective environment. Finally, the butterfly fights its way out of the chrysalis, after under going a metamorphosis. Cutting the cocoon open to help, will result in underdeveloped wings that will never fly…
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