When you take a stroll out in nature there are thousands of different insects all around you. One of the more noticeable ones are butterflies. There are many varieties of butterflies but how exactly do they get so pretty? They start off as a caterpillar and transform into butterflies inside of their cocoons. Ever wonder what goes on in there?
What many people don’t know is that when a caterpillar is inside of its chrysalis or cocoon they are actually decomposing themselves. They leave only groups of cells intact which will later be evolved into legs, eyes, wings etc. So if you open a chrysalis, or cocoon, early, all you will see is a bunch of goo. Inside of that goo are 7 bodies, or to be more scientific, imaginal discs. If that sparked your interested you can get a full detailed explanation of the cycle from caterpillar to butterfly at Scientific American.
The insect world is one we are far from close to understanding. For now we’ll just use this butterfly picture as our wallpaper =).
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Body: Canon 7D
Lens: EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
Settings: f/6.3 at 1/200