Monarch Butterflies has been a theme for us this summer!
These creatures are only one creature in a sea of creatures on this amazing planet. Spending their Summers eating, growing, cocooning (is that an actual word?), then flying as winged insects resembling something that could not possibly be worthy of flight. At the end of the Summer their instincts prod them to fly to Mexico and hangout for the winter; to return in the spring and start the process over again!
The details of the close ups reveal some amazing qualities! Look at the proboscis, hairs on the body behind the head, the silk-like threads on the top of the cocoon. Cocoon shots are of the same cocoon.
For years, I have intentionally let grow some of the Milkweed poking through the Spring grass in the yard, mowing around it because Monarch Butterflies lay their eggs, and the minuscule young caterpillars — they need an immediate, nearby food source — greedily begin eating and growing. Monarchs are having a difficulties in today’s world and any help contributes to their well-being. They spend the Summers: hatching, growing, reproducing; repeat.
The 4-stages of growth: egg, caterpillar (larva), chrysalis (pupa), adult (emerge from chrysalis).
By the way, these great people were at our great county fair with butterflies, plants, butterfly house, and some great information.
Appreciate a creature God wants us to enjoy. Help out a Monarch Butterfly if you can!