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Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2018 10:37:09 -0500
From: Loretta Lutman <butterflies_bg...>
Subject: Exciting article

In the current issue of National Geographic is a remarkable article =
about advances made in how to study development of a butterfly =
chrysalis. In the past, the only way to study a chrysalis=E2=80=99 =
development was to cut it open or x-ray it, with fatal results. The =
article is accompanied by color graphics, with explanations during the =

The new research suggests that the caterpillar does not dissolve into a =
=E2=80=9Csoup=E2=80=9D as previously thought. I realize this is a =
scientific study, but it leaves me with some question about an =
accidental experience. I had taken specimens to a presentation. On =
the way home, I cut a corner a little to sharply, and heard my specimen =
box slide across the floor of the car. I got home to find the chrysalis =
had been completely crushed. The content of the chrysalis was not =
soupy, but a gel like substance. With examination, I could see no =
caterpillar parts, nor any butterfly parts, just a gel. I seem to have =
questions, because of what I saw and what they describe. I wonder if =
it=E2=80=99s possible their dissections were performed at a certain - or =
regular time of day.

At any rate, this is a wonderful article which I think butterfliers =
would enjoy and appreciate.

Loretta Lutman
Asheboro, NC=