WELCOME TO: A BUTTERFLY IN TRANSFORMATION

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 Agenda:  To experience the phenomena of complete metamorphosis.

To continually come to a deeper realization of the wondrous world we live in which, indeed'
we are a part of.

There are many secrets to behold as one peers deeply into the worlds of nature and gains an
appreciation of all levels, from what is percieved as majestic to the minute.

Complete metamorphosis of a Cecropia moth and Monarch butterfly are shown in detail. The challenges faced in their lifecycle routines  and the marvels expressed through the legacy of creative evolutionary perfection are explored.

 Complete Metamorphosis is presented. Watch the videos (farther below)
For more detailed (as it happened) information visit

Egg,
Caterpillar, Cocoon or Adult Moth  
 

The Egg: Germ of a new life.

Caterpillar: A time of growth

Chrysalis: A time of change.

Change and Wonder: A Butterfly Complete Metamorphosis.

A butterfly metamorphosis close up chronological view showing detailed transitions from egg, caterpillar growth, chrysalis formation, butterfly development within the chrysalis and butterfly emergence.

 

 

Arduous Ordeals: A Cecropia Moth Metamorphosis Lifecycle Journey

Meditate and wonder; Experience the marvel of a complete metamorphosis while listening to sumptuous music of Debussy and Holst. Witness events common to nature but rarely seen.

Cecropia moth lifecycle metamorphosis is chronicled in detail. See a caterpillar eat its way out of the egg. Look as a larva changes from black; then yellow; to showing patterns and hues of orange, black, yellow, blue and green. Watch the caterpillar work out of its old 4rth instar skin. Study the form and function of cocoon construction. Witness an event inside a cocoon seldom seen as a prepupa becomes a jade green pupa, then deepens to a rich golden brown color. Finally, wonder as a moth emerges, after spending nine months in a cocoon, into a beautiful Hyalophora cecropia adult. See in detail how wings change from stubby little useless pads into large aerodynamic instruments of flight. And most of all, come away with an appreciation of what is so often trodden underfoot without awareness or care.

 

Cecropia Moth Life Cycle: Ordeals of Change and Wonder from David Britton on Vimeo.

New HD videos showing detailed events in the life of a Cecropia moth can be seen by clicking here.

Included are "real time" action scenes of a 1. Skin shed from 4th instar ecdysis. 2. The Caterpillar eating its old exuvia skin 3. Caterpillar to pupa eclose. 4. Cocoon construction and 5. Adult moth emergence and wing exspansion . Link here.

i_butterfly_lcoral.gif Videos  Great for the classroom!

 DVD Video showing a Monarch butterfly metamorphosis. 145 high quality images and text bring in-depth detail  and a rich learning experience to the viewer. Music of Debussy adds another dimension. This production shows well on a HD TV. This 14 minute production can be ordered...see below.

The Cecropia metamorphosis life cycle video, as shown above, is now also available. This 298 image 28 minute long video includes the complete life cycle from egg laying, hatching, caterpillar growth, cocoon spinning, moth emergence, mating and more. Great detail is shown of transitional moments such as ecdysis to 5th instar, cocoon weaving,  prepupa to pupa eclosure, moth emergence, etc.

New HD videos showing detailed events in the life of a Cecropia moth can be seen by clicking here.

Included are "real time" action scenes of a 1. Skin shed from 4th instar ecdysis. 2. The Caterpillar eating its old exuvia skin 3. Caterpillar to pupa eclose. 4. Cocoon construction and 5. Adult moth emergence and wing exspansion . Link here.

NEW!! Get (click here to view more) ALL website videos on a single HQ DVD for $20.00 USD (includes shipping).

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Mini-worlds of mini-wonders await discovery in your own backyard.

Don't step on it.... Enjoy it! see http://lifecycle.onenessbecomesus.com/more.html

This photo of a polyphemus moth caterpillar, seen just after shedding into its 4rth instar taken July 4rth under natural diffused lighting conditions as found under a maple leaf, nicely illustrates the camouflage effect of the skin coloration.

Learn more! 

For more on observations, facts and fun learning for your child visit the sites described below.

For a general description of of the monarch butterfly and its complete life cycle click here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarch_Butterfly

>See amazing results and facts surrounding the Monarch lifecycle.

>Find out about Monarch tagging, tracking and current research on the complete life cycle. Click here. http://www.monarchwatch.org/

>What you can do. A site of ideas for teachers and students exploring the world of  Monarch butterflies. http://www.smm.org/sln/monarchs/

>A butterfly life cycle for kids. Children are drawn into the natural world around them. http://www.tooter4kids.com/LifeCycle/Butterfly_Life_Cycle.htm

> A very comprehensive website on all facets of monarch studies. This includes many observations reported from around the country.  see: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/monarch/ExpertAnswer06.html

For a slideshow showing the growth of a parrot chick from a fuzzy little baby into a three foot adult macaw with brilliant red, blue, yellow and green feathers; please link here. Be sure to scroll down the page to find the show

Elements of music; such as rhythm, melody, harmony, form and function are blended together in many varied and diverse ways. Explore "Global Music Appreciation" at http://music.onenessbecomesus.com

For a wide variety and deeper perspectives involving  challenging issues facing a world caught up in the man-made maelstrom of social nearsightedness, distrust, misunderstanding and misinterpretation; link to >positive answers and "the Case For World Unity"

For a look at how we are continually exploiting the Earth and the need to change our lifestyles so our children's children may see the wonders of nature visit "unsustainable Lifestyles, Is the cost to the future for the present to high?" at  http://earth.onenessbecomesus.com

The Egg: Germ of a new life.

Caterpillar: A time of growth

Chrysalis: A time of change.

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Metamorphosis: A Rebirth of Spirit.

First, all insects hatch from an egg, on a food source whence it was laid.

Eating, growing, crawling through life, instars – shedding when skin is tight.

Larva, caterpillar grows so fast, for destined change will be a task.

Soon a chrysalis will affirm, an inward change with no return.

Chrysalis, a synthesis of of function shape and form, such wonder of mystery, efficiency adorned.

Cradle of magnificence protects the change within, Hidden from the eyes of men as it has always been.

Colors of a butterfly slowly showing through, the skin of protection, delicate but true.

its time for emergence, the chrysalis must die, so its inner being can spread new wings and fly.

Pushing and pumping, the pupal skin is cracked, out slips the insect from its previous form intact.

Coming together as it works on many parts, if all is successful a new life soon will start.

Wings now in symmetry the butterfly has flown, patterned in language code each species calls its own.

Now in a world that no human can discern, a metaphor of life reborn for which we often yearn.

David Britton

Metamorphosis as metaphor? For more on this idea go to  http://onenessbecomesus.com/Diversity.html

A personal statement about myself.

I have had a deep fascination with insects, especially Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) literally since kindergarten. Instead of playing “Cowboys and Indians” with the neighbor kids I was out in a nearby field poking around at all sorts of critters. However, it was always the mystery of the beauty and flight of the butterflies that deeply absorbed my attention.

It really was an all consuming passion. Early grade school years saw me collecting butterflies and then going to the college library to classify them. When it was possible to travel a little south of northern Minnesota it was challenging to see if I could find hybrids of white banded and red spotted purples. I thought about things like,” Female white morph sulphur butterflies are so common; why can’t I find any white males?” and so on.

One outcome of this rather eccentric childhood is this current website.

 

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