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From Caterpillar To Cocoon To Beautiful Butterfly

How does a caterpillar become a butterfly? Scientific American explains that: 'As children, many of us learn about the wondrous process by which a caterpillar morphs into a butterfly. The story usually begins with a very hungry caterpillar hatching from an egg. The caterpillar, or what is more scientifically termed a larva, stuffs itself with leaves, growing plumper and longer through a series of molts in which it sheds its skin. One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar radically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth.'

Pretty amazing right? Science is so cool! We find it absolutely mind boggling that butterflies were once caterpillars, the only difference is that caterpillars have not been through the scientific process that makes them butterflies. It's all a matter of time, and science! Learn more here. 
 

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The Atlas Moth: Largest Moth In The World (Beautiful Pics)

Meet the largest lepidopterans in the world - the Atlas moth. To be honest, we're not really insect people, but this might be one of the most beautiful insects we've ever seen. It takes its honorary place for us right next to the Sphaerocoris annulus that looks like an actual Picaso painting and these stunning and beautiful colorful mantises

Insects such as the Atlas moth are the best way to show people that nature - even when you might think that it's a but scary and eww-y - is actually beautiful. And the Atlas moth is an extra special beauty because of its gentle giant qualities. Keep reading to find out more about this incredible insect, and be amazed by how awesome nature really is

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Stunning Transformations: From Caterpillars To Butterflies

The beauty of nature is unparalleled. There are such amazing natural phenomena in the world, things that make us appreciate just how amazing nature and animals actually are. Butterflies and moths - that's one of those natural occurrences in nature that no matter how many times we see, we are always amazed by, watching these little weird creatures transform. 

We want to thank BlackNBlue7 on imgur for collecting pictures of some of the most amazing caterpillar to moth transformations we've seen in this viral thread. We are always excited to appreciate nature in all of its glory

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Close-ups Of Caterpillar 'Feet' (12 Pics)

Stop the presses, who in this universe would have thought that caterpillars have such cute feet? 

Not us, that's for sure! There's so much beauty in some insects (sorry roaches, we're just not ready for you yet), and sometimes that beauty isn't really noticeable to us at first. Then you see it in a new light, a fresh perspective, and all of sudden you're thinking the impossible --- bugs can be cute! Like, those tiny tarantula paws! Those were awwdorable!

The 'feet' seen down below are known as the caterpillar's 'prolegs,' "small, fleshy, stub structure found on the ventral surface of the abdomen of most larval forms of insects of the order Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)."

Well, like we said about the roaches, maybe not ALL bugs but definitely caterpillars and definitely their little feet! 

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Polite Blue Tobacco Hornworn Won't Pupate, Only Wants Noms (Tweets)

Meet the Dr Manhattan of Caterpillars! This big guy is a Blue Tobacco Hornworn, and a big one! 

His owner, Twitter user @stringmousey shared some adorable pics of the big fella claiming he won't pupate -- only eat. 

Not that we can blame him, food is delicious and all we think about. The tweet went viral due to the massive size of the caterpillar but also because one of the images looks so polite that everyone had something to say! And those who didn't know what to say drew instead. 

Check out the fun thread below! 


caterpillar pupate funny tweets noms food lol chonky blue tobacco hornworm | stringmouse @stringmousey This dude does not want pupate think he's enjoying being caterpillar too much. All he wants do is eat and he's gotten enormous. 6:52 PM Apr 14, 2020 Twitter iPhone 30.7K Retweets 218.1K Likes
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21 Stunning Caterpillars That Won't Leave You Grossed Out But In Awe

Okay, let's face it - most bugs are icky and scary. That's a fact. However, these caterpillars are so breathtakingly stunning, it's nearly impossible to feel grossed out when looking at them. 

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