Making It To The Next Phase Of Life   3 comments

Two Tail Swallowtail IMG_0772 blogA student holds a Two-tailed Swallowtail just after coming out of its cocoon. 

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 “Making It To The Next Phase Of Life

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  1. Very cool captures

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  2. What a wonderful moment! And so well captured. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  3. You were in the right place at the right time, for sure! Beautiful images – a keeper post.

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