Thinking about Butterflies

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I have been thinking about butterflies lately. I have been admiring their ability to transform into something new and beautiful, and I have been wondering if they are frightened when they discard everything they know and take to the skies.

I recently learned caterpillars don't just gracefully sleep through metamorphosis. In order to transform, they must first release enzymes that quite literally digest nearly their entire bodies. It is from this "caterpillar soup" that the adult butterfly is born anew.

I find myself wondering about this process. Is it scary? Is the caterpillar aware of it? Does it hurt as much as it sounds? The melting and reformulating of your insides must be one of the most difficult prospects ever undertaken.

I suppose caterpillars must be willing to risk everything if they ever want to fly.