Capturing The Moment — Two-tailed Swallowtail Just Out Of Its Cocoon   3 comments

Two Tail Swallowtail IMG_0772 blogA student hold a Two-tailed Swallowtail just after coming out of its cocoon. (March 9, 2015)

Just outside the Sabino Canyon Visitors Center, A Junior Naturalist (7th grader) showed a Two-tailed Swallowtail with wings still curved, just having emerged from her cocoon. This image represents the last stage of a caterpillar morphing into a butterfly, which began with a very hungry caterpillar hatching from an egg. The caterpillar will spend this phase of its life stuffing itself with leaves, growing plumper and longer through a series of molts in which it sheds its skin. Then, one day the caterpillar stops eating, suspends itself upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon where the caterpillar digests itself, eventually emerging as a butterfly. Cool!!

kenne

Two Tailed Swallowtail IMG_0774 blogImages by kenne

 

3 responses to “Capturing The Moment — Two-tailed Swallowtail Just Out Of Its Cocoon

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  1. Delicately beautiful

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  2. Always pleases me that we have youngsters interested in the beauties of nature

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