The Lifecycle Of A Butterfly
A GenYes Project by
Laretta Johnson & John Grant
In Partnership with Mrs. Moore
The first stage in the cycle is the egg.
The mother lays an egg on a plant or leaf
that later will be caterpillar food. Many of
the eggs will have ribs or other designs.
The Second Stage is the Larva. The
Larva hatches from its egg and is called a
caterpillar. Caterpillars spend much time
eating leaves. It molts or sheds its skin
several times as it grows. Butterflies do all
there growing as caterpillars.
When a caterpillar is done growing, it
forms a pupa. Butterfly pupae are called
chrysalises. On the outside it looks as if it
is asleep but really on the inside every part
of it is changing. Most of the caterpillars
body parts dissolve and reform into
butterfly organs, tissues, wings and limbs
of the butterfly adult.
When the pupa has completed its
changing it molts one last time and
emerges from its cocoon, now an adult
butterfly. The adult butterfly comes out
with its wings folded against its body. Its
pumps blood to its wings and then the
wings expand. The adult stage is when the
butterflies mate. The females lay there
eggs and the whole cycle restarts.
The Lifecycle of a Butterfly
Designed & Created by:
John Grant &
The students of Room 5 have learned the
lifecycle of a butterfly with PowerPoint.