The Life Cycle of a Butterfly can be seen in the illustration below.

  1. The adult female butterfly that has mated lays fertile eggs on the food plant.
  2. The egg hatches into a larva (caterpillar).
  3. The caterpillar eats and grows a tremendous amount.
  4. The caterpillar attaches itself to a twig and forms a hard outer shell called a chrysalis.
  5. Inside the pupa (chrysalis), the caterpillar changes into a butterfly.
  6. A fully grown butterfly eventually emerges from the pupa and the cycle begins again.

Life Cycle of a Butterfly

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