If there's something I especially love about insects and invertebrates, it is their ability to change almost completely in terms of form, shape and color as they grow up. Not many other animals that I know of, specifically vertebrate animals, can boast of such a radical change in their entire physical structure as they age. Indeed, insects and arachnids aside, one of the other animals I can think off of the top of my head that does this are the amphibians, frogs and toads and salamanders as such. Starting their lives as fish-like tadpoles before they emerge as full grown amphibians that can walk on land, I always fantasize that the growing up process of these animals resembles somewhat the transition our own aquatic ancestors must have gone through millennia ago!
|Tadpoles of the Common Asian Toad (bufo melanostictus)|
|Try to imagine a dinosaur sized, one of these!!!|