Whether the change happens slowly or suddenly, there’s more to nature than meets the eye. Just take a peek at these wild transformers.
Nature is full of transformers. Frogs, for example, turn from clear, squishy eggs to fish-like tadpoles to hoppy, bug-eyed frogs. This series of changes is called metamorphosis (met-uhmore- foe-sis), and lots of animals do it. Most even grow body parts they never had before. Tadpoles trade gills and tails for lungs and legs. Caterpillars grow wings to change into butterflies. For other creatures, change doesn’t happen so suddenly. Instead, their appearance, size, or behavior changes little by little, until the adult isn’t anything like the baby. A tiny acorn, for example, doesn’t look anything like a towering oak, but it takes years to make the change.
Nichole LeClair Terrill