|Photo Courtesy of Paul from www.Castaways.com.au|
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.