Life Cycles

Mehmet Emin Yurdakul İlkokulu/ TURKEY

Egg Stage

Female ladybugs lay their eggs on the underside of leaves. This is to protect them from being seen by flying predators as well as from the weather.

Larvae Stage

A larvae hatches from the egg.

The ladybug larva has six legs, a long tail, and black spikes surrounding its body.

Pupa Stage

After a couple of weeks of growing, the larvae will start to change into something that looks like a shrimp. When it is big enough, it will attach itself to a leaf. During the pupa stage, the larvae are going through a metamorphosis into a ladybug.

Young Ladybug

Adult Ladybug Stage

The ladybug becomes an adult after it undergoes metamorphosis.

Butterfly Life Cycle

GS Vöhringen Süd / GERMANY


In the first stage a girl butterfly lays eggs on a leaf. About five days after the eggs are laid.

Caterpillar (Larve)

The second stage is the caterpillar. A caterpillar is sometimes called larve. A caterpillar is a long creature. It looks like a worm.

The caterpillar is hungry once it has hatched. It starts to eat leaves and flowers. It eats these all the time. This is the eating and growing stage.

Chrysalis (Pupa)

Stage three is the chrysalis. This is when the caterpillar is done growing. The caterpillar makes a chrysalis. Another name for a chrysalis is a pupa. It is mostly brown or green.

This is the changing stage. The caterpillar starts to changes. It starts to turn into a butterfly.


In stage four, the chrysalis opens. Soon a butterfly comes out. A butterfly is sometimes called an imago. It is also called an adult. Butterflies are very colorful.

Fun Facts about Butterflies

  • Butterflies taste with their feet.
  • Butterflies do not have mouths.
  • Butterflies need sun to fly.
  • Butterflies fly during the day.
  • Butterflies can see some colors. They can see red, yellow, and green.
  • Butterflies cannot fly if they are too cold. They need to be warm to fly.
  • Butterflies have their skeleton on the outside of their body. This is to protect them. 

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