The Life Cycle of a Butterfly
May 24, 2012
Butterflies are amazing animals that are adored by millions of people worldwide. Butterfly watching is a popular hobby for many people. Butterflies are important ecologically as they are one of the major sources of pollination. Butterflies usually have slender bodies and thin long antennae with ball like appendages on the ends. They like to sit and rest with their wings upright face to face over their back they also sometimes will move their wings slowly up and down when at rest. Butterflies are usually active during the daytime. The first stage of a butterfly is and egg a butterfly starts life as a very small round oval or egg. The coolest thing about butterfly eggs is that if you look close enough you can see the tiny caterpillar growing inside of it. The egg shape depends on the type of butterfly that laid the egg.
Butterfly eggs are usually laid on leaves of plants. The second stage of a butterfly is the larva. When the egg hatches most of you would expect for a butterfly to come out, well not exactly. When the egg hatch the caterpillar will start his work and eat the leaf they were born onto. This is important because the mother butterfly needs to lay her eggs on the type of leaf that the caterpillar will eat. Caterpillar needs to eat so that they can grow quick. When they are born they are really small. When they start eating they expand and grow quickly. The third stage is the pupa. The pupa stage is one of the coolest stages of a butterfly. As soon as a caterpillar is done growing and they have reached their full length or weight they form they into pupa also known as a chrysalis. Form the outside of a pupa it looks as if the caterpillar may just be resting but the inside is where all of the action is. Inside of the pupa the caterpillar is rapidly changing. Now as most people know caterpillars are short, stubby and have no wings at all. Within the...