Wings of Change


Country MoonUsually the only people who like insects are entomologists. However, the one exception that pretty much everyone can agree on is butterflies, especially the monarch butterfly.

It is one bug that doesn't "bug" people. It doesn't bite, swarm, nor eat crops or flowers. Quite the contrary is true, it helps flowers pollinate, eats weeds and is a food source itself for other animals.

Butterflies have long been deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate them with our souls. For Christians, they are a symbol of resurrection.

Around the world, people see the butterfly as a creature of endurance, change, hope and life. It has earned its idyllic symbolism for life after death because of its metamorphosis, its ability to transform from a caterpillar that crawls on the ground to a beautiful and almost ethereal creature that flies.

A butterfly's life cycle consists of four parts: egg, larvae, pupa and adult. It begins when an adult female lays eggs on a leaf. Soon, these hatch into caterpillars or larvae, which start feeding on the leaf on, which they were laid.

This is the eating stage where the larvae eat so much that it outgrows its own skin and must shed its skin four or five times while it is growing. When it is done growing, it makes a chrysalis where it will rest inside until it changes into a butterfly and finally emerge.

8/3/2018 9:26:38 AM

Lois, what a beautiful article about butterflies. You are right about milkweed on a farm. It was eradicated as much as possible. Of course when I was young we didn't have weed spray but the old corn knife was the instrument of destruction for the milkweed plant. It's only been a few years ago that I learned that the Monarchs need the milkweed to live and survive their life cycle. I've been a little more mindful about milkweed since learning about the life cycle of the Monarch. ***** Have a great butterfly day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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