Cabbage Whites

Two Cabbage White butterflies (Pieris Rapae) mating. Captured after noticing an odd butterfly flying around.. a closer look and saw that it was not just a butterfly but a mating pair. Lucky shot? perhaps.

Cabbage White (Small White) Butterflies mating
Cabbage White (Small White) Butterflies mating

I’m guessing that the larger and whiter one is the male.

Thanks for being with me on the photographic journey πŸ™‚

The journey of a caterpillar

Each of us begins our journeys as caterpillars taking small steps at a time. One day we might realize that a transformation has taken place and now that we can fly. But this transformation requires a death. A death to what you’ve known before. Let me explain this thought a bit further.

“First, the caterpillar digests itself, releasing enzymes to dissolve all of its tissues. If you were to cut open a cocoon or chrysalis at just the right time, caterpillar soup would ooze out. But the contents of the pupa are not entirely an amorphous mess. Certain highly organized groups of cells known as imaginal discs survive the digestive process” (Click here for more details from the source).

The caterpillar has to let go off all that it was before, in order for the transformation to happen. According to the article I quoted above, the caterpillar stops feeding one day and hangs itself from a twig or a leaf when it is ready. Total surrender. I am also thinking of a similar death, but a spiritual one, for humans who desire to be free:

β€œTo be free of all authority, of your own and that of another, is to die to everything of yesterday, so that your mind is always fresh, always young, innocent, full of vigour and passion. It is only in that state that one learns and observes. And for this, a great deal of awareness is required, actual awareness of what is going on inside yourself, without correcting it or telling it what it should or should not be, because the moment you correct it you have established another authority, a censor.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti, Freedom from the Known

Finally, here’s my caterpillar photo. This is one of the most beautiful caterpillars I’ve seen. Click on the post/or photo to see larger with more detail:

A caterpillar on a journey
A caterpillar on a journey (tussock moth caterpillar)

“Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads.. “

....... and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
……. and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you…… – Nietzsche

And another quote that relates to this caterpillar, myself and maybe to you too:

β€œSit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this.”
― Thomas Henry Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley – Volume 1