A butterfly 🦋 is a usually day-flying insect of the order Lepidoptera. They are grouped together in the suborder Rhopalocera. We know, a total mouthful! But, they're pretty!
- Butterflies are closely related to moths, from which they evolved.
- The earliest discovered fossil moth dates to 200 million years ago.
- The earliest butterfly fossils date back 56 million years ago.
When a butterfly is not flying, its wings are usually folded over its back. The wings are patterned and are often brightly colored. There are many different kinds of butterflies. The males and females of each kind are often slightly different from each other.
The Stages of a Butterfly 🐛
Like all insects with complete metamorphosis, a butterfly's life goes through four distinct stages. It begins as an egg, which hatches into a larva (a caterpillar). After some time, the larva turns into a chrysalis. While it is in the chrysalis stage, it changes to become an adult butterfly. To complete the cycle, the adults mate and the females lay the eggs.