Life cycle of a butterfly
10th February 2018
Have you seen butterflies fluttering around in the summer? Pretty and colorful, so beautiful to watch.
Lets learn a little about the life cycle of a butterfly.
STEP 1: EGG
A butterfly lays a eggs on a leaf. The eggs are small and round. At first the eggs are yellow and they slowly turn brown.
STEP 2: CATERPILLAR
After about 5 days, a caterpillar hatches from the egg! It is black when it hatches.
The caterpillar is very hungry and it eats all the time. It eats the leaves on which it hatches. They eat leaves and flowers till they become bigger and bigger.
As they grow bigger their skin keeps falling off and they get new skin and it changes from black to green.
STEP 3: COCOON
When the caterpillar is fully grown it hangs upside down and wraps itself in a cocoon, like a blanket.
The cocoon is called a pupa. The pupa is green.
STEP 4: BUTTERFLY
The caterpillar starts changing inside the pupa. It slowly transforms into a butterfly!
After some days a beautiful butterfly comes out!!
At first the butterfly is small and tired. It flaps it’s wings to exercise them and learns to fly. Soon it is ready to fly!
FUN FACT: Depending on the type of butterfly, the life cycle of a butterfly takes anywhere from one month to a one year.
Activity: Count the objects and match them to the correct number.(1 to 5)
Test your knowledge on the Butterfly life cycle!
- Live butterfly Science experiment.
- Dried pasta to depict the stages of a butterfly’s life.
- Paper plate Butterfly Life Cycle Craft
- Butterfly and catterpillar pre school class
- Fun class activity pretending to be a caterpillar becoming a butterfly.
- Lots more caterpillar to butterfly activities.
- Simple and Interesting video from the American Museum of Natural History on the butterfly life cycle.
This Level 1 Reader gives kids an up-close look at exactly how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. With bonus information including different types of butterflies and poisonous caterpillars, this reader is one of a kind.
After a caterpillar comes to school in a jar, the children are captivated as it eats, grows, and eventually becomes a beautiful Painted Lady butterfly. Book includes web research prompts and an activity encouraging kids to identify the different types of butterflies all around them.
Pictures Credit :https://www.thebutterflysite.com/life-cycle.shtml