Lovin’ some Larvae

Butterflies do not just hatch from the egg with wings.

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Fritillary Butterfly

They must first go through a larval stage called caterpillar.

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Variegated Fritillary caterpillar on Passion vine

Then they have to bind themselves up for a while to go through metamorphosis.

While they are wrapped up(pupating) in the chrysalis (not pictured),

all their cells rearrange into a butterfly or moth.  Then they have their wings.

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Sphinx moth caterpillar on Four o’clocks

Now everybody loves butterflies and colorful moths.

What if we went around killing all the weird and spiky worms in our yards?

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Fritillary caterpillar after molting

Then there would be no lovely fliers later, because everyone killed them as babies.

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Gulf Fritillary caterpillar on Passion vine

If you don’t ” love some larvae”, leave them alone.

They are waiting for their wings.

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