Butterflies go through four life stages, and they look very different at each stage . 1. An adult butterfly lays eggs.2. A caterpillar hatches out of the egg.3. The caterpillar forms a chrysalis or pupa.4. The chrysalis matures into a butterfly.. Stage 1- Eggs. The adult mother butterfly lays a number of eggs on the leaves of plants which she recognises by smell.She knows the leaves will be good for the baby caterpillar to eat..
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1. Life Cycle of a Butterfly What a lovely butterfly!
2. Butterflies go through four life stages, and they look very different at each stage 1. An adult butterfly lays eggs.
2. A caterpillar hatches out of the egg.
3. The caterpillar forms a chrysalis or pupa.
4. The chrysalis matures into a butterfly.
3. Stage 1- Eggs The adult mother butterfly lays a number of eggs on the leaves of plants which she recognises by smell.
She knows the leaves will be good for the baby caterpillar to eat.
4. Hatching When the caterpillar is ready to hatch, it chews a hole in the shell so that it can wriggle out of the egg.
The tiny caterpillar starts to eat straight away.
Have you read the story of the hungry caterpillar?
All caterpillars eat and eat all day.
5. Caterpillars A caterpillar eats so much it grows bigger and bigger until it grows too fat for its skin.
Caterpillars shed their skin at least five times as they grow.
6. Stage Three - Chrysalis
When the caterpillar is fully grown it is time to become a chrysalis.
First it finds a safe place.
Then it changes colour and grows thinner.
It sheds its skin.
This time inside the skin it has become a chrysalis or pupa.
7. Stage Four - A New Butterfly When it is ready the new butterfly struggles out of its chrysalis.
It spreads its wings and holds them open to dry and harden.
Soon it is ready to fly away.