We are taught, from childhood, to abhor and fear “creepy-crawlies”… those life-forms which we see under stones, on walls, or even on our vegetables! But it can be a revelation that these creatures, which we regard with fear and loathing, and usually kill at the first opportunity, can sometimes be on their way to becoming very beautiful beings!
Take a look at this fat green caterpillar, for instance.
This may look gross and fat. It is fat, because it is, right now, a larva. It is eating enough to last it through the next stage in its development, as a pupa. And what emerges from the pupa is the beautiful Common Lime butterfly.
Other creatures of gossamer and air are the Dragonflies. Here is a female Ground Skimmer.
A “Pied Paddyfield Skimmer” is another common Dragonfly, in the (obviously!) paddyfields, but also in our gardens in the city:
One also often comes across beautifully-made egg-sacs, called Ootheca; these are stuck on reeds and blades of grass, and will give rise to life later. Here’s the Ootheca of several Praying Mantises:
And here is a Praying Mantis in its grown form!
So, do look carefully at the leaves and grass in your gardens or on trees. You may be looking at different forms of one creature, in nature.⊕