by Jodh Kaur
The Alcon Blue caterpillar begins her life on the marsh gentian wildflower in Germany. Here she lives and eats until one day she walks to the end of the leaf and uses her silk thread to lower herself down to the earth. On one hand, it’s a risky move because she could be killed and eaten by insects or animals below. On the other hand, she cannot grow if she remains in one place.
The Alcon Blue is a unique species of caterpillar who emits chemicals that attract ants who carry her to their nest. Instead of eating her, they feed her. And in their nest, she grows and pupates.
On the outside of her cocoon, it looks like nothing is happening. But, on the inside there is a massive transformation taking place. The entire structure of the caterpillar is being broken down and rearranged to form the new body, legs and wings of this beautiful spotted butterfly.
Once her metamorphoses is complete, she emerges from her cocoon. Her appearance reflects her evolution. She is not out of danger, however, as the ants recognize her as an intruder and move to attack.
But they cannot harm her.
As she transformed inside her cocoon, she formed a thick coating of scales which protect her. As a result, she confidently emerges from the nest, learns to spread her wings and fly into her new life.
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