How a Caterpillar Becomes a Butterfly

Published on January 16, 2022 by

In this video, Jessi explains the wonder of metamorphosis. You have seen caterpillars and you have seen butterflies. But do you know how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly? Butterflies start their life cycle when they hatch from eggs as caterpillars. To become a butterfly, the caterpillar forms a chrysalis and undergoes metamorphosis where it changes dramatically into a butterfly. It will eventually mate and lay eggs to begin the cycle all over again. Most adult butterflies will live only a week or two, while a few species may live as long as 18 months. Fascinating! Right?

This video satisfies the 3-LS1-1 requirement for third-grade science proficiency.

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

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