Saturday, August 25, 2012

Thinking about Butterflies

Photo Courtesy of Paul from
I have been thinking about butterflies lately. I have been admiring their ability to transform into something new and beautiful, and I have been wondering if they are frightened when they discard everything they know and take to the skies.

I recently learned caterpillars don't just gracefully sleep through metamorphosis. In order to transform, they must first release enzymes that quite literally digest nearly their entire bodies. It is from this "caterpillar soup" that the adult butterfly is born anew.

I find myself wondering about this process. Is it scary? Is the caterpillar aware of it? Does it hurt as much as it sounds? The melting and reformulating of your insides must be one of the most difficult prospects ever undertaken.

I suppose caterpillars must be willing to risk everything if they ever want to fly.


Angelina C. Hansen said...

Such a beautiful photo, such a disgusting thought. Perhaps they're crying out, "I'm melting! I'm melting! Melting. . . "

Beverly Diehl said...

That is an awesome concept, remelting and reforming your insides.

I have no idea what insects do re: nerve endings and such, but I would imagine, yes, it hurts a lot. It always looks like it hurts a lot, when Dr. Jeckyl transforms into Mr. Hyde, or just about anybody transforms into a werewolf in the movies.

So there you go - if that's the way Hollywood tells the story, it must be true.

Linda Jackson said...

Beautiful and deep. Thanks, Lisa Ann. :)

Jaye Robin Brown said...

"I suppose caterpillars must be willing to risk everything if they ever want to fly."

Ain't it the truth? Well said. And a weird true fact as well! said...

I always learn something new from you! Love the concept that caterpillars risk everything to become those gorgeous butterflies... well, maybe the caterpillars aren't so crazy about it. But you know what I mean. ;-)

LTM said...

OK, that's really gross, but now I'm totally thinking about all this, too! LOL! Does it hurt? I can't imagine insects feeling emotions, but butterflies are so beautiful. It's a cool metaphor... I love it! <3

Bethany Crandell said...

Okay--we must be kindred spirits. I've never wondered about butterflies, but I have thought a lot about snails in my thirty-seven years. I wonder if they're frustrated w/how long it takes to get from point A to point B. Truly--I've considered this.

If ever I see a snail in the middle of the sidewalk, or some other crunchable area, I relocate them to the nearest planter. But then I feel bad like...what if that's not where they were headed...and now I've slowed their progress by a couple of days!

*sigh* Beautiful photo and great post as always.

Charlie Holmberg said...

Yikes, really?? Sounds... unpleasant. Reminds me of something I learned about bald eagles... apparently when they get really old their beaks soften, which makes it hard to hunt/eat. So the eagle either has a choice to slowly starve to death or it has to bang its head against a rock until it basically rips its beak off, so a new one can grow. Freaky, eh?

Anyway, that sounds almost like a story idea waiting to happen...

Dinda Amanda said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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