Alright, here’s mine. I keep trying to crawl out of my chrysalis so I can become a beautiful butterfly, but no matter what I do, I still feel ugly on the inside. I’ve been given everything I need in life to be successful in getting everything I want - but I can’t function like normal people do, so all of that is going to waste. This is represented in the wings - one is torn, rendering them both useless, while the other is adorned with the judgmental eyes of the people I care about, those who have provided me with everything, because while I know they love me I am terrified of what they’d think when they discover I’ve already failed them.
ohhh what a beautiful concept!! i love how much thought you put into every detail!
Here are the gold cocoons of the Mechanitis Polymnia butterfly! According to Reddit, there are no metals in the chrysalis. It’s all organic proteins and polysaccharides, like chitin. During formation, the material forms what’s called a multilayer: a series of very thin ordered layers. The spacing between the layers (a few 10s to 100s of nanometers), and the specific properties of the materials that the layers are made of (index of refraction) determine the reflective properties of the stack (multilayer interference). Broad spectrum metallic reflection is often due to a “chirped” structure, where the layer spacing changes with stack depth. That is, the layer spacing might be thicker at the bottom and become thinner towards the top, for example. This phenomenon is called structural color!
Whenever I get to that scene, it always feels like Chloe doesn’t really know what to do when Max expresses how happy she is and how beautiful she looks when she’s smiling, so she just turns around to ‘put on some music’.