The amazing butterfly.
How are butterflies born?
Butterflies have a life cycle made up of four parts: 1) egg, 2) larva (caterpillar), 3) pupa (chrysalis), and 4) adult butterfly. This life cycle is called complete metamorphosis (met-uh-MOR-fuh-siss).
Are butterflies and moths the same?
No, but they are related. See some of the differences between them at the right.
The great monarch migration
Every fall, millions of North American monarchs travel south to California and Mexico. Some fly as far as 3,000 miles to reach their winter home, gliding on air currents whenever possible. In the spring, they begin the long journey north again. No other insect in the world makes this amazing, bird-like migration.
Butterfly Wings are covered with a layer of tiny, colored scales. The scales overlap like roof shingles, adding strength to the wings as well as brilliant color.
See butterfly metamorphosis and more at humptydumptymag.org/butterfly.
* Slender body
* Long, clubbed antennae
* Flies during the day
* Bright colors
* Thick, furry body
* Feathered or tapered antennae
* Most fly at night
* Earthy colors
Close-up of birdwing butterfly wing scales.