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February 18, 2019

Nairobi Park Diary: From worms to wings

A colourful emperor caterpillar
A colourful emperor caterpillar

When driving slowly along a rough track in the Athi Basin, I noticed a large predominantly green worm will beautiful markings on an acacia branch. After stopping and looking properly we noted that it was the worm that eventually becomes an emperor moth.

Then I thought …..Wow! Isn’t this an amazing part of creation  ….eggs hatch and a tiny worms emerge and  consume large quantities of leaves to grow into massive worms. The worms make cacoons and after a short period change completely as they wiggle out their cacoons as flying creatures we call moths and butterflies. What an incredible metamorphosis to change from wiggly fat worms into a magnificently coloured winged wonders.

Interestingly there are a number of people who believe that mankind is similar to greedy worms, until we find our true purpose that God has given us on Earth. When we discover who we are, and emerge with our hearts changed from within, we are transformed to use our gifts and talents for good purpose in making this world a better place for all to live together.

Apart from my thoughts, worms and butterflies are also a vital part of many ecosystems. Many birds and creatures feast on worms in order to survive, butterflies land on a flowers to suck delicious nectar through their proboscis, and accidentally gather pollen on their bodies as they rub against the anthers. The butterflies then rub some of the pollen on the next flowers they move to and then collect some more. Through this process, the butterflies are able to pollinate numerous flowers as they move along. Pollination allows plants to reproduce by producing seeds.

The challenge for us a humans is to know the habits of various species,, the results will always be rewarding.

Poll of the day