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  • 1. The Life Cycle of a Butterfly An interactive presentation By Elizabeth Belton
  • 2. The Life Cycle of a Butterfly
    • Metamorphosis
    • Stage 1: The egg
    • Stage 2:The larva
    • Stage 3: The pupa
    • Stage 4: The adult
    • Characteristics of a Butterfly
    • Vocabulary
    • Activities
    • Resources
    • Concept Map
    • About the Author
  • 3. Metamorphosis
    • 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.
  • 4. Stage 1: The egg
    • The egg is a tiny and round, usually with fine ribs and other microscopic structures. The female attaches the egg to leaves, stems, or other objects, usually on or near the intended caterpillar food.
  • 5. Stage 2: The larva
    • 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.
  • 6. Stage 3: The pupa
    • 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.
  • 7. Stage 4: The adult
    • 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.
  • 8. 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
  • 9. Characteristics of a Butterfly
    • Butterflies have a head, thorax , abdomen , six legs, and two antennae .
    • Most have four wings.
    • The wings of butterflies are covered with tiny scales that seem to shimmer in the daylight.
    • A butterfly has a pair of antennae that help it smell and feel.
    Quit Take a look!!! Butterfly Diagram
  • 10. Vocabulary
    • abdomen- the stomach
    • antennae- This is a sensitive feeler that the butterfly has.
    • caterpillar- The larva of a butterfly.
    • chrysalis- This is a hard shell.  Inside of the chrysalis is the butterfly.
    • larva- A small insect hatches from an egg is called the larva.  The    larva of a butterfly is called a caterpillar.
    • metamorphosis- a change of form
    • pupa- Inside the chrysalis the body of the butterfly is formed.  This stage is called the pupa stage.
    • thorax- the part of the body that houses the heart and lungs and a number of structures passing between the neck and the abdomen.
  • 11. Activities
    • Test your knowledge of the butterfly life cycle! Click on the button to do the activity.
    Activity 1 Click here Activity 2 Click here Quit
  • 12. Resources
    • bsi . montana . edu/web/ kidsbutterfly/life-cycle
    • http://streaming. discoveryeducation . com/search/assetDetail . cfm ? guidAssetID=8D6C1BC4-22A4-4E7E-B934-DF296D8E593D
    Quit Butterfly Diagram: Activities: Pictures: Life Cycle Video:
  • 13. Concept Map Quit
  • 14. About the Author
    • Elizabeth Belton is currently a student at GVSU. Her major is Special Education & Psychology with a minor in Elementary Education. She enjoys reading, dancing, and shopping.
    [email_address] Quit
  • 15. Butterfly Metamorphosis Click the image above to play the video Return to previous slide
  • 16. Characteristics of a Butterfly Click here to return to the previous slide.