Stage 1: The Egg • Butterfly moms layeggs on leaves. • They can lay up to 300 eggs • The egg stage lasts about 6 days.
Stage 2: Caterpillar • Begins eating immediately • First eats own eggshell • Eats lots of leaves • Lasts about 11 days
Caterpillar Growth Caterpillars grow very fast. If you grew that fast when you were a baby, you would weigh 8 tons. That’s as much as a big dinosaur.
Stage 3: Pupa • The caterpillar become a pupa covered by a hard shell called a chrysalis. • The pupa hangs from the stem of a plant. • This change takes about a week.
Stage 4: Adult • The caterpillars’ organs and body parts dissolve. • The butterfly emerges with wings folded. • It pumps blood into its wings. • It is now ready to fly. Butterfly lifecycle
Metamorphosis • A butterfly’s life is divided into four stages. Its body changes a lot. • All the changes the butterfly goes through in its life are called its metamorphosis.
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