Friend

I met this swallowtail caterpillar while pulling weeds in garden plot at a school I am working at in Atlanta. Thankfully, he was willing to travel with me upstairs to the classroom where he met many young humans who were gentle, inquisitive, and excited to meet such a fine specimen of his species. When Forest Friday was over and he and I were packing up to leave he gave the kids one last surprise.. he pooped on me. Funny thing, people generally don’t think of insects pooping, but considering all the leaves caterpillars eat it wasn’t surprising at all for me.. after they were completely grossed out my friend the swallowtail caterpillar and I went back to the garden where I found him and there I left him to hopefully eat some more, poop some more, and one day soon become a beautiful butterfly.

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Monkey Slug

Because sometimes nature throws you a true wild card knowing how much you love insects and creepy crawlies as well as something completely new to marvel at while playing a hiding game - totally got caught because I was messing with it. I will never be older than 10 when it comes to insects.

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Swallowtail

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls the butterfly.

~ Richard Bach

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Black Swallowtail

This body is not me.

I am not limited by this body.

I am life without boundaries.

I have never never been born,

And I have never died.

~ Thich Nhat Hahn

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Stripes

The secret to change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new. 

~ Socrates