The caterpillar is the primary eating and growth stage of the butterfly.
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.
Catapillar is resting in its cocoon.
The catapillar must eat enough nutrients to survive during the chrysalis stage.
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 little warming from the sun and it is now ready to fly off to feed and then lay its eggs.
All Grown Up
An adult butterfly cannot eat, they can only drink through their straw-like spiral proboscis.
Butterflies in Bloom
Durring the butterflies short adult stage it will fly, mate, and reproduce.
Creating New Life
An adult female butterfly lays her eggs.
An adult butterfly only has a lifespan of approximately 2-6 weeks. Environmental hazards can shorten this time.