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A BUTTERFLY.   27

 

now that he is quite large enough to be seen. If he were red or black on a green leaf the chances of escaping would be very much less. The larger he grows the greater his danger. But all this was understood when two hundred eggs were laid — the number was in proportion to the enemies and risks to be run. In four days more the skin gives out again, it is sloughed off and he is an inch in length, green, with a brown head and clash of yellow in dots, with a very few short hairs. The moulting business is almost complete, and still he is a long way from a butterfly. It has been a dangerous journey thus far, helplessly hanging to a leaf in the presence of enemies, but if he were to take an-other step out in the open all would be over with him. If he moulted and showed his sprouting wings, yellow against the green leaves, a bird would be blind that did not see him. When he is a butterfly there will be no more eating solid food with jaws, but it will be daintily sipped through a delicate tube. To try to live outside-while such a change was being made would end in starvation if death came in no other manner. Old Nature knows the way ! So this thing must be clone in a sealed up chamber. No eye shall look in upon the mystery of transformation by which this lowly grub is to


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