Tuesday, September 16, 2008

ABC Wednesday - Round 3 - "I" - Post 79


INCREDIBLE
photo by O.J.Moser

I've outlived my threescore years and ten, and have seen a lot of things. One thing that I had not seen until Monday of this week was this: a Monarch Butterfly caterpillar in the actual process of changing from a squiggly, voracious worm into a jade-green chrysalis which will protect it as it metamorphoses into a beautiful butterfly. My daughter, whose photo of the pupating event is shown, has about 20-25 chrysalides in her home, along with another dozen or more Monarch Butterfly caterpillars. She's sort of a nature nut, and her children are fascinated by all this (as is her mother.) I hope to be present when the butterflies emerge; I haven't witnessed that before, either.

While watching this transformation, all I could say was "incredible, just incredible." With this in mind, my ABC Wednesday's "I" post was created.

ABC Wednesday was created by Mrs. Nesbitt. Please visit the ABC Wednesday site to view others' interpretations of this week's letter, "I."

40 comments:

Countrygirl said...

"Bullfrogs and butterflies - they both been born again!" Have you heard that song? When I saw your photo that's what it brought to mind. Bless you!

Columbo said...

Way cool. I love butterflies, and it is incredible how they become butterflies. Kids love to see the transformation. Thanks for posting on ABC Wednesday.

cottonpicker said...

How cool is that!! Keep us updated in pictures for the next episode!!

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mannanan said...

You're quite right that is an incredible shot.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Beautiful, amazing, and well, . . . incredible.

TSannie said...

I've never seen anything like that! Wish you had had a slooooow camera to take the whole transformation -

The monarch chrysalis is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Glad you shared! Incredible!

Louise said...

You are right, INCREDIBLE! I've thought about getting some chrysalids for my girls to watch. Now I'm convinced. But the caterpillar turning into one is cool, too. Must do research!

Jeannelle said...

Oh, yes....incredible!! I had not ever seen this transformation before, either. Thank you for posting this photo from your daughter!

The Mulligan Family said...

Incredible to watch - and an incredible photo! Perfect addition to ABC Wednesday!

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

one of the miracles of nature

magiceye said...

incredible indeed!

antigoni said...

I agree. Incredible.

photowannabe said...

I would say incredible too. Fantastic shot.

leslie said...

Incredible is so right! I do hope you get to see the new birth.

naturglede said...

That was realy incredible. Love it:)

Aileni said...

Another daily miracle courtesy of Mother Earth. Wonderful isn't it.

Petrus said...

Your daughter was very lucky to be able to photograph this .. a great picture.

It's nice to watch nature - plants growing, birds flying and the passing of the seasons .

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

interesting interpretation of i....

me ann my camera said...

Oh this is wonderful and such an exciting photo capture!! I agree with you totally, absolutely incredible.
ann at Gallimaufry Gleanings

Gallicissa said...

Hi Pat,
After you mentioned this earlier, I was looking forward for this. What a beautiful capture!

I hope you will document its metamorphosis it turns a winged adult.

RuneE said...

I thought the picture itself incredible!

Brian said...

What an amazing photo, thank you.

Bear Naked said...

Incredible Image for ABC Wednesday letter I.

Bear((( )))

mrsnesbitt said...

Your words say it all! Incredible indeed.
What a treasure for ABC Wednesday!

dot said...

That IS incredible! Where did your daughter get so many?

afeatheradrift said...

Simply grand Ruth. I've never seen one except through photography. You seem to have every day of the week tied up with photo groups! LOL. Your becoming quite an expert.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

I hope you're there when it emerges, camera in hand!

Jay said...

That is indeed incredible! And very beautiful too.

I have a jar of caterpillars in the process of changing into chrysalises in my spare room right now - nothing so exciting as Monarch butterflies, these are almost certainly just Cabbage Moths, but the eggs were laid on my lounge mirror!! So, there they are.

Disappointingly, they're pupating underground. All I can see is the odd shiny brown case pressed up agains the plastic of the jar.

Greyscale Territory said...

This pic is amazing! Incredible! The colours are wonderful!

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful Nature. Great shot.

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Kerri said...

WOW! I have never seen anything like that either. Fantastic!!
Glad your daughter is a "nature nut" :)

Egghead said...

That is the most incredible photo I have seen in a long time. It will really be great to see it emerge into that beautiful butterfly.

Dina said...

Metamorphosis as an idea is pretty incredible itself, but your photo brings it home in a big way!
Thanks for sharing a special moment.

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