Butterflies stay in their cocoon, the larval stage, for a varied amount of time. The larval stage can range from 2 weeks for a Monarch butterfly to an entire season for others, which is winter in temperate climates and the dry season in the tropics.Know More
The cocoon is camouflaged so that predators do not see the butterfly while it is in the cocoon; this is during the larval stage. At this time, the pupae becomes the juvenile butterfly that comes out of the cocoon. The insect is not active during this time, which allows the break down of the larva's structure and the building of the butterfly's structure.
When the time is right, the insect comes out of the cocoon. Some of the insects bite their way out, while most of them spit on the ends to soften them and then break their way out. Butterflies usually come out of the cocoons in the morning.Learn more about Butterflies & Moths
Some butterflies may only live a few days and others close to a year. The amount of time butterflies live is based on their species, according to Butterflies and Moths of North America.Full Answer >
Young butterflies are known as larva. They hatch from butterfly eggs that are laid on a variety of plants by female butterflies. Larva may also be called caterpillars.Full Answer >
A baby butterfly is called an egg, which is the first of the four stages of life a butterfly will go through. An egg is small and hardened on the exterior. It sticks to a leaf by a rapidly hardening glue.Full Answer >
The butterfly's proboscis is a long slender tube used to drink nectar from flowers. The butterfly curls the structure for storage. As it approaches a plant, the tube unrolls to reach to the bottom of the flower where nectar collects.Full Answer >