The life cycle of insects consist of a series of changes from egg to adult called metamorphosis . Insects that go through complete metamorphosis are characterized by the following stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
The larva , or caterpillar , is the long, worm-like stage of the butterfly. It often has an interesting pattern of stripes or patches, and it may have spine-like hairs. This is the feeding and growth stage. As it grows, it sheds its skin four or more times to enclose its rapidly growing body.
The pupa or chrysalis is the transformation stage where the caterpillar tissues are broken down and the adult insect's structures are formed. The color chrysalis of most species is brown or green and blends into the background.
The adult is a colorful butterfly. It is the reproductive and mobile stage for the species. The adults undergo courtship, mating, and egg-laying. The adult butterfly is also the stage that migrates or colonizes new habitats.
Butterfly Life Cycle Now we know all four stages of the Butterfly Life Cycle. To watch a video about butterfly metamorphosis, click on the button below! Click here to watch the life cycle of a butterfly Quit