Caterpillar To Wings! - Monarch Chrysalis Pupae - NZ by AndreaEL
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Extraordinary Transformation part 4
Photo taken in the sunlight to show the wings through the Pupae.

It is worth remembering that transformation does not only happen in children’s fairy tales, it happens within you and with the people you know and love.

Our own transformation is sometimes harder to see because it may be the breaking of old habits and the achievement of new personal goals, rather than the appearance of a pumpkin-based coach and four glistening white horse/mice at our front door.

Nature provides us with a free-to-view window into the world of extraordinary transformation every day, if we will take a moment to pause and take a look.

I believe that one of the most stunning examples of transformation is the creation of a Monarch Butterfly. To even attempt to imagine what is actually taking place inside the Chrysalis can cause one’s brain to hurt.
Let’s stop and look at the facts for a moment:
-A butterfly lays a microscopic egg on the underside of a plant
-The egg hatches into a teeny-tiny caterpillar that would fit onto the head of a pin
-The caterpillar consumes the egg, then the leaf, and grows very rapidly
-It attaches itself to a branch of the plant, morphs into a Chrysalis
-Then it emerges as a stunning, perfectly formed Monarch Butterfly!
How on earth does a caterpillar, turn into a semi-liquid, then re form into a butterfly?
How does it know “which bit goes where?”

This has to be one of the most miraculous examples of transformation on earth!
In order to witness and record this state-of-the-art transformation first hand, we have acquired a Swan Plant (Milkweed), complete with caterpillars, and will be photographing and releasing images onto RedBubble as the action happens.
I hope you enjoy our journey through the life cycle of a Monarch Butterfly.
You can now see the wings of the Monarch through the Chrysalis.
Part 4: The Monarch chrysalis turns ‘black’ (dark colouration is the wings & body), you can see the wings of the butterfly inside if the pupae. It is almost ready to emerge as an imago. (an insect in its sexually mature adult state) At this point, with each hour the colouring becomes darker. Not long before beauty emerges.

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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Comments

  • Carol2
    Carol2about 4 years ago

    Beautiful detail and capture!!

  • Thank you so much Carol for your kind words & comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 4 years ago
    Absolutely thrilling to see those wings Andrea.
  • Thank you Roy your comments are always appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hillabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful, it won’t take long and the caterpillar will turn into a butterfly.It reminds me of the “ugly duckling”, that turned into a swan. Natur is so full of surprises

  • Thank you so much Heidi for your kind words & comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic! I can hardly wait! XXSUEXX

  • Thank you so much Sue for your kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • John Holding
    John Holdingabout 4 years ago

    Lovely Andrea, can’t wait for the emergence shots.

  • Thank you John for your kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    Excellent, Andrea. It’s so interesting to see the wings! I never knew that was possible. Amazing!

  • Thank you Dot, I have found the whole process so interesting, nature is amazing.

    – AndreaEL

  • Meladana
    Meladanaabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful Andrea, just love this work, I’m watching with great interest as the miracle happens!! :))

  • Thank you so much for your kind words & comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    Wow! Amazing and astonishing capture. Love the details in this.

  • Thank you so much Bunny for your kind words & comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Mooreabout 4 years ago

    beautiful, love the color of this one!

  • Thank you Sandra for your kind words & comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • WOBBLYMOL
    WOBBLYMOLabout 4 years ago

    wonderful, one of natures many miracles

  • Thank you for your kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL


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