Tuesday Morning Thought: Greg and I have been going through our stash in the attic and no, Antique Roadshow has not been called at this time. Old photo albums and a lot of “I wondered where that was” brought a thought to my mind. Why does it take an old photo album and “mementos of the past” to bring those loving, treasured memories to our mind. A lot of times you will see me write about old times and I do see some of my friends posting those pictures pulled from our past. A lot of comments from others in the pictures and/or questions about someone in the photo who may or may not be around now. All of this observation brought me to this, “We are components of everyone we have met, loved, disagreed with, had many memorable times, shared time and possessions with, laughed, cried, succeeded and yes, sometimes failed. Life completes us when we meet someone new as this experience helps mold our character. Think of it this way, as we get older, how may times do we hear someone say “You are beginning to sound just like….or you get more like……everyday?” We mold, blend, and even change similar to metamorphism and if we are lucky, we end up beautiful, graceful, and gloriously able to soar in the skies butterflies. Learn from others, and be one others want to learn from you. Have a day of soaring through life on the wings of an Angel.
I always remember a special friend Teresa Hester when I see a beautiful butterfly!
WILL I HAVE MY BUTTERFLY WINGS is a wonderful thought as we go through life.
Stages of Butterfly Metamorphosis
Ross E. Hutchins
Stages of Butterfly Metamorphosis
Butterflies and moths are among the insects that pass through four stages of development in their life cycles.
The first stage is the egg. Adult females lay eggs on the kind of plant their young will later need as food.
The eggs hatch into wormlike creatures known as larvae. The common name for the larvae of butterflies and moths is caterpillar. Caterpillars are busy and hungry. They may eat once or twice their own weight in leaves each day. After several days of such constant feeding, caterpillars outgrow their own skins. When this happens they molt, splitting the skin and crawling out of it. Caterpillars may shed their skins four or five times in this second stage of the life cycle.
In the third stage the caterpillar goes into a resting state and is called a pupa. Different caterpillars pupate in different ways. For example, many moth caterpillars burrow into the ground; others hide behind loose bark or in hollow logs. Some caterpillars rest in silken cocoons, which they make by spinning thread from their mouths. (Silk cloth is made from the threads in the cocoon of the silkworm moth.) The pupa does nothing except rest. This stage may last two weeks; it may last a whole winter. During this period the caterpillar changes into a full-grown butterfly or moth.
In its new and adult form, the butterfly or moth emerges wet and shaky from the cocoon. As blood flows into the veins of the wings the adult flutters and dries them. In a few hours, when the wings are strong and dry, the butterfly or moth flies off to live out its fourth, or adult, stage.
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