Life cycle of a Butterfly

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Created on 2007-06-20 at 6:14 PM
Author : Rahul Bhanot []

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Butterfly passes through four stages in its life cycle. Usually it lays eggs on a leaf. When the eggs hatch a small larva emerges and crawls out. This larva of a butterfly is called a caterpillar which starts eating the leaf and grows This is the active stage. During its life it moults a few times. Each time it becomes bigger. Soon it changes into a pupa. This pupa may be hanging on the plant in a small loop of silk. And after a few weeks the pupa turns into a beautiful adult butterfly.
Egg Stage
Larva Stage
Pupa Stage


Adult Anatomy

Butterfly Adult Anatomy

Adult Stage

Life Cycle of Butterflies


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