“Animal larvae eventually undergo metamorphosis, a resurgence of development that transforms the animal into a sexually mature adult” –Biology, – Campbell
So there you have it from one of my favorite texts a simple sentence that lays it out far better than I could have. My little charge has encased itself in a full cocoon now and hangs in waiting. While I was outside yesterday I saw this on the underside of the peony though:
A ‘wild’ larvae beginning the process of metamorphosis. This morning I went out to see the progress that was made and found a full cocoon already formed and also hanging in wait. I now have two wee charges to monitor, although they will be re-‘born’ a few days apart. This process can take up to two weeks. I’ll have to pay close attention since one of the main signs is the change of color of the chrysalis from jade green with golden specks to darker brown or orange-ish.
Here are the two side by side, on left is the peony cocoon on right is the mason jar.
I’m pretty excited to have these two side by side comparisons. At the very least I’ll be able to watch two Monarch butterflies begin their journey. It turns out that Monarch larvae do not set their cocoons on the milkweed plant and you can see why…there’s nothing left! Monarch larvae are capable of eating their weight in a day while growing and molting prior to pupating.
“After several molts, the larva encases itself in a cocoon and becomes a pupa. Within the pupa, the larval tissues are broken down and the adult is built by the division and differentiation of cells that were quiescent in the larva. Finally, the adult emerges from the cocoon…” – Biology, Campbell What Campbell is saying here is that the larva does not turn into a butterfly in some kind of ‘transformer’ type way…more to the point the larva utterly turns to mush, primordial soup so to speak, and from that genetic material the butterfly is constructed. Is it any wonder the metamorphic process is such a common theme is spiritual circles? How many people are really ready for that kind of change?! Am I willing to give up everything known and be turned to genetic soup in the Vita-Mix of life to awaken to transformation?!
I can hardly wait 🙂
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