From caterpillar to butterfly

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  1. doenoe

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    #1 Well, if you are a born a caterpillar you start your life eating...........alot
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    #2 When you think you had enough too eat, you find a nice spot to just hang around a bit. Make sure you find a really nice spot, since you're gonna be hanging there for a while.
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    #3 After a time and you are sure that you are hanging comfortable, you can take of the jacket and hang around naked...........how groovy is that ;)
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    #4 Nobody really knows what happens at this stage, but it really is sensational. While you hang there naked, everything below your skin turns into a pulp and somehow finds a new place and your skin becomes a new jacket
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    #5 And then, when you are done hanging around, you crawl out of your jacket again, pump some blood into your new wings (where the*bleep* did those come from) and end up looking like this
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    Isnt nature beautiful :mrgreen:
    Thanks for looking
    Greetz Daan
     
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    Thats pretty crazy stuff. How long of a time are we looking at here with these pics?
     
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    These are GREAT! And I loved the little commentary that went along with them too.
     
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    Thanks for the comment :) I was in the exhibit for about 3 hours. These are all the same caterpillar though. When i first came in, i found the one hanging in #2. I found the butterfly at half-time and the caterpillar in #1 was found at the end of the time. When i was ready to leave i saw that the hanging caterpillar was loosing its jacket. That came of pretty fast, took about 5 minutes. But its all the same species :)
    Thank you :D
     
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    Very cool shots...awesome close ups!
     
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    Very nice series ! :) -- reminds me of when I was a kid: I use to "grow" butterflies :shock: :) -- I would bring home plants with their "cocoons" on them and put them in a fish tank setup. I'd watch them "bloom" and then set them free. Too bad I didn't have a camera back then :(
     
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    That is a great life cycle series of the Monarch.
    Richard
     
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    Cheers :)
    Thats pretty cool. Should try to find a cocoon, that would be really cool to photograph. Especially when the butterfly pops out. Could make a great timelapse too.
    I did my best :)
     
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    cool and educative :D
     
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    Nice photo essay with a sense of humor!

    Awesome captures.
     

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