Metamorphosis is a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life of an animal. A butterfly goes though compete metamorphosis. Complete metamorphosis is defined as having four stages. Insects go through incomplete metamorphosis, which is defined as having three stages. an example would be the grasshopper .
The egg is the first stage of metmorphosis for the butterfly. Butterflies can lay their eggs either one at a time or in clusters. Butterflies also choose a special kind of plant on which to lay their eggs.
The larva is the butterflies second stage. The larva is also know as the caterpillar. When the larva hatches he starts to eat right away. First it eats its egg and then it eats a certain type of leaf. The caterpillar grows very quickly and will outgrow his skin. In order for the caterpillar to continue to grow the caterpillar will molt its skin. The caterpillar will molt five times. The last molting….
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Of the caterpillar is very different then the others. It is for this molt that the larva will crawl away from the milk week in search of a suitable place to weave its silk mat so that it can molt for one last time. It is during this stage that the caterpillar will hang upside down in the shape of a J. Once it is in the J shape the caterpillar will molt one last time.
The pupa is the butterflies third stage. The pupa is also know as the chrysalis. This happens when the caterpillar is fully grown, stops eating and attaches itself to a leaf or twig with silk. It is inside the chrysalis that the caterpillar changes into a butterfly. When the butterfly is almost…..
The fourth and final stage in a butterflies life is called adult. Once the butterfly emerges from the chrysalis it has to wait for its wings to dry. While waiting for its wings to dry the butterfly will pump fluid
into the veins of its wings until they are fully extended. After the butterflies wings are fully extended it will practice flying. Then it will fly away to find its first meal. The butterfly will visit several different kinds of flowers to get its nectar. Which is what it now eats. Eventually the butterfly will mate and the cycle will begin all over again.
Quiz Here are some true and false statements about metamorphosis. Let’s see how much you have learned.
All animals go through metamorphosis.
Complete metamorphosis has 4 stages.
A butterfly goes through complete metamorphosis.
A grasshopper goes through complete metamorphosis.
A caterpillar sheds its skin as it grows.
The caterpillar uses cotton to attach itself to a leaf.
The butterfly can fly as soon as it emerges from the chrysalis.
Concept Map Quit Main Slide The Life Cycle of the Butterfly Vocabulary Introduction Stage One Stage Two Stage Three Stage Four Quiz About the Author Resources The Internet Stage Two continued Stage three continued Stage four continued Answers
Bessy Braley is the author of this presentation. Currently she is a full time student at Grand Valley State University. She is pursuing a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Special Education. Her minor is in Elementary Education. She resides in West Olive, Michigan with her three children. She has one daughter and two sons. You may contact Bessy by email if you have any questions.