Watching a Butterfly Hatch Looks Beautifully Alien

One of the wildest things that happens in nature is caterpillars go to sleep one day and then transform into a damn butterfly after a month. I thought that as a kid, and I still think it now. Like, that’s the closest thing we’ve got to actual sorcery on Earth.


But it’s just an egg turning into a larva to a pupa to a butterfly. Watch as David Attenborough explain the process as only he can in this clip from Micro Monsters. Plus, you get to see super gnarly footage of the butterfly emerging from its chrysalis like some sort of hatching alien.


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My local-ish plant conservatory (Phipps, near Pitt, CMU, and the Carnegie museum complex in Pittsburgh) has a butterfly hatchery in one of the hot rooms and it’s one of those places to go when you’re depressed and need a mood lift. The whole place really, but there’s something special about standing in a steaming glass-roofed jungle in overcast midwinter with hundreds of butterflies surrounding you and even landing on you.