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Conclusion

The hypothesis that the metamorphosis of the Painted lady butterfly will be faster at higher temperatures is proven to be true.

Metamorphosis is a natural occurrence in insects as an intermediate stage as they transform from an egg and larvae into an adult insect. Similar transformations can also be seen in amphibians as the change from an egg to tadpole and finally to an adult frog or toad.
 

Also consider

What would happen if the experiment was repeated by placing the butterfly chrysalis inside a copper coil with magnetic fields?

The experiment can also be repeated using mealworm to observe the metamorphosis of beetles.
 

References

Life cycles of the painted lady butterfly - http://mypages.iit.edu/~smart/pearkat/lesson1.htm

Metamorphosis - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metamorphosis

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Complexity level:
4
Project cost ($):
20
Time required:
1 day to prepare, 9 days for observation
Material availability:
Easily found
Safety concerns:

None