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Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Teaching the life cycle of a butterfly? Engage your elementary students in the wonder of science with lessons, worksheets, activities, and more teacher-created resources that bring the majestic butterfly to life in your science class.

What Are the 4 Stages of the Butterfly Life Cycle?

Students typically learn about the butterfly life cycle in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, although some science classes may cover this winged creature when students are older as well. During a study of the butterfly, students will learn the following four stages of its life cycle:
  1. Egg
  2. Larva or caterpillar stage
  3. Chrysalis or pupa stage
  4. Butterfly (adult!) stage

Why Is the Butterfly Life Cycle Important?

Studying the butterfly life cycle in pre-K and kindergarten gives young students an opportunity learn how a living thing grows from an egg into an adult, maturing through various stages of life. Learning about life cycles of various animals from the butterfly to a frog helps children develop their understanding of the broader world and how different creatures play a role in our ecosystem. Butterflies, for example, are important pollinators that help bees, bats, and other creatures to pollinate over 75% of the world's flowering plants.

Learning About the Butterfly Life Cycle

With this collection of teacher-created butterfly life cycle resources, students will learn:
  • Butterfly vocabulary such as pupa, egg, metamorphosis, caterpillar, and chrysalis
  • How to name the parts of the butterfly
  • The stages a butterfly goes through in its life cycle from an egg to a full-formed butterfly

Butterfly Facts for Kids

As you explore the butterfly life cycle with your students, here are some fun butterfly facts to share!
  • Butterflies cannot hear.
  • Butterflies have four wings.
  • When the butterfly comes out of the chrysalis, its wings come out crumpled!
  • Butterflies use their antennae to smell things.

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