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Metamorphosis the life cycle of a butterfly Click the butterfly to begin
What is metamorphosis? Metamorphosis is the change that animals go through to become an adult Butterflies go through 4 main stages to complete the metamorphosis cycle Click one of the stages to learn more! Click to follow the butterfly >>
Stage 1: Egg A butterfly lays her eggs on or near a leaf. They are round and usually yellow or white in color Butterfly eggs are very very tiny (the size of a pin head) The eggs grow for a few days until it is ready to hatch Click to follow the butterfly >> << back main menu
Stage 2: Caterpillar (Larva) The caterpillar (or larva) hatches from the egg and eats the rest of the egg It is the feeding and growing stage It molts four or more times because it grows so fast! Click to follow the butterfly >> << back main menu
Stage 3: Chrysalis (Pupa) After the caterpillar is done growing, they find a safe space to form a pupa or chrysalis by hanging from a tree branch in “J-Formation” Inside of the chrysalis their bodies change quickly Click to follow the butterfly << back main menu
Stage 4: Butterfly When the caterpillar is ready, a butterfly comes out of the chrysalis When it first comes out, it has to pump blood into the wings to get ready to fly! Click to follow the butterfly << back main menu
Then what?! Butterflies soon become flying experts and will search for a mate! A female will lay her eggs on the leaf The cycle starts all over again! Click to follow the butterfly << back main menu
Did you know?? Butterflies taste with their feet Butterflies have 6 legs Butterflies use their antennae to feel They don’t all like the same flowers, just like people don’t like all the same food Click to follow the butterfly back to the beginning! << back
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