“What a beautiful day!” said Jane to Jax, while sitting in their treehouse. But he didn’t hear her. Jax was busy looking out of the window. Jax didn’t seem like his usual self. Jane walked over to him and asked, “What’s wrong, Jax?”
“I can’t find my new friend, Swifty. He used to be on that leaf every day, and now he’s been missing for a while!” said an unhappy Jax.
“Don’t worry, Jax, he’ll be back soon,” comforted Jane. “Would you like to play?”
Just then, their world map lit up.
“Call from Cozy Camp!” said Jax, forgetting about Swifty at that moment.
“ Let’s get our Whizzing Hat!” said Jane.
And before long, whooossshhhhh! The treehouse was empty once again.
They landed in Cozy Camp.
“Bonjour Jax and Jane!” greeted Yvette.
“I am looking for Alexandra and could do with your help,” she said.
“Sure. We’d be happy to help,” said Jane.
“Can you describe her?” asked Jax.
“Umm…that’s tricky…but let’s get going…you will know when you see it.”
Jax and Jane exchanged puzzled looks at the word ‘it’, but followed Yvette into the forest.
The lush green woods were a sight to the eyes. Jane was always enthralled by the beauty of Cozy Camp. It was the coziest place on Earth and all the campers living there were their friends.
“Yvette, this is the first time you have called us for help and not to play with butterflies. I am surprised,” said Jane.
“Well, you are about to be more surprised then,” replied Yvette cheerfully, as she followed a flutter of butterflies.
Where are we going?” asked Jax.
“You will know soon! But talking about butterflies, aren’t they beautiful?” replied Yvette. “Did you know that butterflies are insects and their life cycle has four stages?”
“Yes! I know. The four stages are the egg stage, the larva stage (when they are in the form of caterpillars), a pupa stage when they become a cocoon and the last adult stage when they break free from the cocoon and become beautiful butterflies.” replied Jane knowledgeably.
“Correct, and caterpillars are plant eaters” added Yvette.
“So you are saying that caterpillars become butterflies?” confirmed Jax.
“Yes, Jax,” said Jane, as they walked further into the forest. “Butterflies have four wings, and they are often brightly coloured with unique designs made of tiny scales.”
“True that. Most butterflies feed on nectar from flowers and…” explained Yvette to Jax, stopping midway.
Yvette, Jax and Jane stood amazed. A beautiful sight lay in front of them. A flutter of butterflies surrounded the largest butterfly they had ever seen.
“WOW!” said Jax and Jane in amazement.
“Well, there is Alexandra,” said Yvette happily, pointing to the largest butterfly. “That, Jax and Jane, is Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing, the largest butterfly known to the world.”
“It is ten times the size of regular butterflies,” observed Jane.
“It is! It has a wingspan of at least thirty centimetres. It was discovered in Papua, New Guinea in 1906. It had been in the pupa stage when I saw it last night. This morning I woke up to see the cocoon had been broken. Hence, I didn’t know what it would look like.”
“Well, that explains why you couldn’t give us a description earlier.”
“Thank you, Jax and Jane for helping me find Alexandra. I’d have to get it back to camp,” said Yvette.
“And we’ll get back home. Bye Yvette,” said Jax and Jane as they spun their whizzing hat.
Whooshhh. They left, leaving Yvette with the butterflies.
Back in the treehouse, Jane made her way to the desk to write about their adventure. While Jax moved to the window, a pretty butterfly sat on the ledge.
“That’s Swifty!” said Jax, happy that his missing friend was back.
“Wow! What an adventure,” hummed Jane as she began writing.
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