Butterfly Facts and Butterfly’s Life Cycle

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Butterfly Facts and Butterfly’s Life Cycle

Butterfly, nature’s beautiful gift, is a winged insect that has inspired human beings for ages.

  • Some Facts
  • Almost 18500 different species of butterflies exist on almost all parts of the Earth except Antarctica.
  • Butterfly images date back to 3500 years old Egyptian inscribes.
  • Their colored images may also be found in the ancient Mesoamerican cities.
  • Varying species of butterflies may live from one week to a year in their adult stage.
  • The length of larval and pupal stages may also be different in varying species.
  • The butterfly larva and the adult butterfly use plant leaves as their food.
  • Butterfly belongs to the superfamily Papilionoidea and the insect order Lepidoptera.
  • Butterflies are available in a wide range of beautiful designs and colors with marvelous patterns on them showing the stupendous aesthetic sense of the Creator.

Different Butterfly Species and their Respective Families

  • Gossamer-Winged Butterflies (Lycaenidae)
  • Swallowtails (Papilionidae)
  • Skippers (Hesperiidae)
  • Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)
  • Brush-Footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)
  • Metalmarks (Riodinidae)

Scientific Classification

Butterfly belongs to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Arthropoda, Class Insecta and the Order Lepidoptera.

Four Stages in Butterfly’s Life Cycle

There are four stages in a butterfly’s life cycle.

They are Egg, Larva, Pupa, and Adult.

  1. Egg

A hard shell made up of chorion forms its outer shell layer.

A wax coating keeps its egg moisturized and, therefore, alive.

  1. Caterpillar or Larva

Butterfly larva, also known as caterpillar, eats leaves of the host plants. A few species can also eat insects.

During the caterpillar stage, some species may camouflage themselves in varying ways as per their species and requirements.

  1. Pupa or Chrysalis

After the larva grows to the maximum level, it searches for a safe place to pupate (or to become pupa) and spins silk or cocoon around its ‘head-up-positioned’ body.

  1. Adult or imago

Butterfly’s surface gets the cover of scales. It develops two compound eyes, color distinguishers, taste perception and suckers in its almost jawless mouth parts.


Butterflies use nectar, dung, rotting fruit, etc., as their food.

They move pollens over long distances just like bees and, thus, help in pollination.

Butterflies offer Motivation in Technology

Recent and futuristic development in colorful LEDs, augmented reality and nanotechnology related research has got its inspiration from the colors, patterns and shapes of butterflies.

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