On our trip the south we witnessed a living art project by Sonya Devine, painter - teacher - mother friend in San Diego. Over the past several months, she has created a well-researched Monarch Butterfly incubation station. With the thorough intensity of an investigative botanist, poet, surgeon, painter, jeweler, entomologist, storyteller, she shared with us the wonders and travails of the remarkable Monarch metamorphoses amidst her home. Through her efforts, albeit on a modest scale, she is counteracting the march of civilization, (monoculture, drought, pesticides, etc., etc., .... ) ........)
|Monarch egg from internet - magic already|
|eggs and babies eating to live living to eat|
|munch munch munch into five different sized "instars" and poop in a fertilizing way|
|shedding their skin again and again|
After finishing its phase of rapid expansion and shedding a final skin, this happens:
|The pupa phase, also known as a chrysalis|
|this is the equipment by which the chrysalis can hang securely from it's silk pad|
During our visit, we could not possibly stare enough in wonder at this spectacular creation. The gold highlights, the domed architecture. An unexpected unknown form of beauty that has been hanging on the undersides of leaves all this time, now endangered on our used up planet.
|Holy mother takes note of the epiphanies|
Darkening as the wings take form.
|"It's a boy "|
metamorphosis is useful for the artist to focus upon, many-stepped creative, interlocking, arduous, amazing, not always successful
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