Butterfly watching

A Butterfly's Life

  • Day 1

    Day 1
    Tiny eggs are laid by the female
    on a leaf.
  • Day 5

    Day 5
    A tiny wormlike creature hatches!
  • Catapillar Stage

    Catapillar Stage
    The caterpillar is the primary eating and growth stage of the butterfly.
  • Period: to

    Transformation Stage

    The pupa or chrysalis is the resting or transformation stage, and within it the marvelous transformation from caterpillar to adult takes place. This process can take 7 to 15 days depending on the weather. Hot Summer days speed up this process, whereas cooler Spring or Fall nights slow this process.
  • Chrysalis Stage

    Chrysalis Stage
    Catapillar is resting in its cocoon.
  • Storage Time

    Storage Time
    The catapillar must eat enough nutrients to survive during the chrysalis stage.
  • Butterfly Emerges

    Butterfly Emerges
  • A Big Debut

    A Big Debut
    A butterfly is emerging now. The pupa skin splits, the limp, damp butterfly crawls out-now with compound eyes, a proboscis for feeding and six legs. The wings are expanded and blood is pumping into them.
  • A New Look

    A New Look
    A little warming from the sun and it is now ready to fly off to feed and then lay its eggs.
  • All Grown Up

    All Grown Up
    An adult butterfly cannot eat, they can only drink through their straw-like spiral proboscis.
  • Butterflies in Bloom

    Butterflies in Bloom
    Durring the butterflies short adult stage it will fly, mate, and reproduce.
  • Creating New Life

    Creating New Life
    An adult female butterfly lays her eggs.
  • The End

    The End
    An adult butterfly only has a lifespan of approximately 2-6 weeks. Environmental hazards can shorten this time.