Butterflies and moths – lepidotera – dissolve their bodies and rebuild them into new, completely different-looking creatures. Their old bodies are destroyed and they emerge with new bodies, that function in new ways, do new things, even have a new purpose.
That’s good stuff right there.
I’m not a scientist but I love to gain as many little golden nuggets of knowledge about the world as possible. It’s a beautiful puzzle and I find joy in understanding more how it all fits together.
Recent studies have shown that butterflies and moths retain some of their memory from from their caterpillar/larva days.
They have the same atoms, the same memories – but a new and completely different life.
To geek out more about Lepidoptera I suggest watching Smarter Every Day.