Nature truly is the greatest magician.
In the video above, you’ll see what’s known as holometabolyfull, or full monarch butterfly metamorphosis take place — from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly.
What makes this HD time lapse so awesome is that the transformation to and from a chrysalis is so difficult to witness in person because it happens in a matter of minutes. It’s a process that can enchant even the most jaded individual.
When I was a little kid, I remember one of my teachers explaining to the class how caterpillars actually “melt” inside the chrysalis before becoming butterflies. Once inside the chrysalis, the caterpillar releases enzymes which literally digest its entire body.