Metamorphosis – see beyond the spots

You think I’m going to talk about butterflies, don’t you? Not this time.  It’s time to bring to light one of the lesser-known, but just as amazing, examples of this biological phenomenon.  It’s one I’ve only recently become aware of thanks to a child in my son’s pre-school bringing me a black and orange creature resembling a tiny alligator.  He told me it would turn into a ladybird and, I have to say, I was sceptical.  I wasn’t familiar with the creature he showed me and I’d never heard of ladybirds coming out of cocoons.  But I investigated and it turns out…he was right!

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