I feel like I need to replace my doom and gloom post from Friday with something cheerier. I’m not going to be able to get the maps for the Dragonfly Swarm Project year-end report up today as I’d hoped, but instead I want to share a photo of part of our natural world, a reminder that the world is an unbelievably beautiful place teeming with life. This is a black swallowtail chrysalis:
We had the caterpillar in a cage for a program at work a while back and it transformed into a pupa inside the cage. Now it’s sitting there, massively reorganizing its entire body and building a new body through the winter months. This immobilized stage represents the nigh-miraculous transformation between this…
… and something that resembles this (because I don’t have a photo of an adult black swallowtail and I have to substitute a black form eastern tiger swallowtail)…
You all know that I’m not the biggest butterfly lover, but even I will admit that being able to transform from a plant munching little worm into a beautiful, winged sugar fiend is a pretty neat trick. If that doesn’t make you appreciate this amazing planet we live on and the myriad forms of life that surround us, I’m not sure what will.
I took the photo of the chrysalis with a new little photo gadget that I’m very excited about. I’ll share the details in a future post, so look for that, coming soon!
Enjoy your Sunday everyone!