Well, now that LJ's back up, I can finally post this. It's Wednesday, and that means it's time for your word of the week!
I was hiking the other day and saw a gorgeous monarch butterfly (at least I think it was a monarch...) fluttering back and forth in front of the waterfall. So on a related note, today's word is:
Most frequently known as a noun:
1 a : an envelope often largely of silk which an insect larva forms about itself and in which it passes the pupa stage
b : any of various other protective coverings produced by animals
2 a : something suggesting a cocoon especially in providing protection or in producing isolation
b : a protective covering placed or sprayed over military or naval equipment in storage
It's also seen as a verb: to wrap or envelop in or as if in a cocoon.
When winter comes, I'm a fan of the cocoon of blankets I tend to make for myself... perhaps your characters find some safety or warmth from their own cocoon? Or if you're writing fantasy, perhaps your new species will go through their own pupa stage. How will you use "cocoon" in your story?