This is a picture of the egg stage. Note that there is no color as yet. The soda-soaked fabrics are scrunched in their shells.
Here is a shot of the incubating fabrics, each covered with a soft coat of fresh snow. They sleep and grow, nestled in their plastic shells.
This is what we call the young larvae or nymph stage -- note the bright colors are visible now. This is where the sense of humor develops and they begin to enjoy jokes about bodily functions.
Here are the mature larvae -- ready to be rinsed and washed. Notice that the snow has melted and dripped through the fabric, with color pooling in and around.
Next post: the emergence of the pupae