Biological transformation is wildly fascinating to me and has played a large influential role in my work. So, when I recently found this critter munching the kale in my garden, I decided to take the opportunity to observe its molting process in a jar.
First, it devoured the leaves I gave it, covering the bottom of the jar in caterpillar shit. I had no idea it could produce so much in such a short time. Then, after a couple weeks, it made this little cocoon. I could see it moving around inside for a while before it settled. It then lied seemingly inactive for another couple of weeks. I removed the lid so that it could fly away when it hatched. That happened yesterday.