The life cycle of a butterfly is one of the most amazing things in all of the natural world. In this video we help kids and students learn about butterflies and the 4 main stages of their life cycles, which are:
Stage 1 – All butterflies are born from eggs, which are attached to leaves. They only last for up to couple of weeks, or less, depending on the butterfly species. When hatched the first phase of a butterfly is being a caterpillar.
Stage 2 – Once the caterpillar is fully developed, it hatches from the egg. This is also called a larva. The stage lasts about 5 to 10 days. The caterpillar has strong jaws and eats leaves.
Stage 3 – In this Pupa stage, the caterpillar or larva attaches itself to a branch or the underside of a leaf. For a final time, the caterpillar sheds its skin and then begins metamorphosis, changing into a butterfly. It may take between 7 to 10 days for the butterfly to emerge from the pupa.
Stage 4 – When the full butterfly emerges it will live anywhere from just a week to nearly a year, depending on the species of butterfly. The butterfly’s goal is to reproduce and to lay eggs. The life cycle of the butterfly will begin again.
The life cycle of a butterfly truly is amazing! We hope you and your kids enjoyed the video. If you’re looking for more resources about butterflies, download our free lesson plan, complete with more resources and activities.
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