Metallic Butterfly Chrysalis

Nature is endlessly fascinating . . . If you’re stuck in a creative rut, simply go outside and look around you! Take, for example, the Metallic Mechanitis Butterfly Chrysalis from Costa Rica:

(Mechanitis is a genus of tigerwing (ithomiine) butterflies, named by Fabricius in 1807. They are in the brush-footed butterfly family, Nymphalidae)

How could one not be in awe of these gleaming shiny pods from which beautiful winged creatures take flight?

The mysterious metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly has intrigued us for centuries and recently I listened to a story on NPR’s RadioLab titled Goo and You about how caterpillars carry memory through their transformation inside cocoons into moths that react to the same stimulant they were exposed to as caterpillars. So cool.

Witness this magnificent feat of nature:

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