The science of it all is amazing: The caterpillar lives a life of ravenous consumption then finds a place to build its cocoon. Inside this chrysalis,
the caterpillar, unable to move, dissolves into organic goop. Cells, which had been dormant in the caterpillar, and which biologists had the
poetic genius to name “Imaginal cells,” begin a process of creating a new form and structure.
At first, these seeds of future potential, the imaginal cells which contain the blueprint of the butterfly, operate independently as single-cell organisms. They are regarded as threats and are attacked by the caterpillar’s immune system. But they persist, multiply, and connect with each other. Eventually, these imaginal cells form clusters and begin resonating at the same frequency and start passing information back and forth until they hit a tipping point. Suddenly, they start acting, not as discrete individual cells, but as a multi-cell organism… and a butterfly is born. Scroll for more…