Udumbara: Mystical Flower or Insect Egg?

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Author: 
Yi Wen

 

Udumbara flower

[PureInsight.org] Recently on Zhengjian.org, I read many articles about Udumbara flowers blossoming all over the world. The flower looks like a bell and its stalk looks like a silk thread. It is noble, holy and pure. Whoever sees these flowers expresses his or her surprise and gasps with admiration.

Those who know the truth understand what the appearance of the Udumbara flower means. However, those who believe in science regard the mystical flower as the egg of the lacewing insect. These words confuse ordinary people the most.

At first glance, they do look similar. However, their similar appearance to the naked eye doesn’t mean they are the same.

The egg of the lacewing insect is a light green color. It is intact, solid, sealed and elliptical. After several days, the color of the egg turns gray. Then, depending on the temperature, the egg hatches after 3 to 15 days. The top end of the egg is broken, and the egg just withers after the insect leaves the egg.


The egg of Chrysopa before hatching (left picture) and after hatching (right picture)


The top end of the egg is broken after hatching.

Taking a closer and careful look at the Udumbara flower, its shape is like that of a bell. When taking pictures of Udumbara flowers under a microscope, the flower petals and flower heart are clearly visible. Some smelled the fragrance of the flower, while others observed the whole process of the flower blooming. They even saw the halo.

 

Udumbara flower

Insects lay eggs seasonally, which happens mostly in the spring or summer. Udumbara flowers are often seen in winter.

Insects usually lay eggs on tree branches, flower petals, or leaves. Udumbara flowers can bloom anywhere, on flower leaves, stainless steel, wooden boards, plastic, fruit, granite, glass, aluminum doors, paper, light bulbs, etc.


Udumbara flower

I wrote an article about Udumbara flowers seen on a Nanmu branch in a Qing Dynasty temple (the article was published at http://big5.zhengjian.org/articles/2008/6/6/53213.html). I kept the Udumbara flowers at home for over a year. Only several flowers withered, but the rest are still blooming.

 
Udumbara flower kept for over 1 year in my home

Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2009/7/28/60782.html