The Life Cycle of Butterlfy
By : Nursorayya Rozaida Binti Hamzah (Jane)
First Stage : The Egg
- -The eggs are usually very small, round, oval or cylindrical.
- -The shape depends on the type of butterfly.
- -It is usually laid on leaves that the caterpillar can later feed on.
- -In some species, you can see the catepillar growing inside if you look closely to it!
Second Stage : The Larva ( Caterpillar)
- -When the caterpillar hatches, it will start eating the leaf it was born onto.
- -It will grow up very fast and the body will expand.
- -Their exoskeleton (skin) does not stretch or grow, so they grow by "molting" (shedding the outgrown skin) several times while it grows.
Third Stage : Pupa (Chrysalis)
- -As soon as the caterpillar is done growing and reached their full length/weight, they form themselves into a pup.
- -Inside the pupa, metamorphosis is happening.
- -Tissue, limbs, organs of a caterpillar have been changed by the time the pupa is finished.
Fourth Stage: Adult Butterfly
- -The adult butterfly will emerge from the pupa.
- -Both wings are going to be soft and folded against its body. This is because the butterfly had to fit all its new parts inside the pupa.
- -Blood will be pumped into the wings in order to get it working and flapping.
- -Usually withing a three to four hours period, the butterfly will master flying and will search for a mate in order to reproduce.