The metamorphosis of the Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui)
The metamorphosis of the Painted Lady butterfly occur more quickly at higher temperatures.
The lifecycle of a butterfly
Butterflies are beautiful colorful insects that can be found almost anywhere. There are over 15,000 species of butterflies found all over the world. They feed on nectar from flowers using their hollow straw-like tongues that recoil.
The life cycle of a butterfly consists of 4 stages. The adult female butterfly will lay eggs on plants that caterpillars like to eat. The eggs may take from 3 to 5 days to hatch. The hungry caterpillars will then begin eating the leaves continuously and grow very quickly. As they continue growing the caterpillars will shed and grow new skin at least 3 to 4 times - and they can grow up to 5 cm in less than 2 weeks.
Once fully grown, the caterpillar will find a safe spot, form a silk pad and suspend itself from the pad. The skin of the caterpillar will tear open and a hard shell-like surface called the chrysalis is revealed. For the next 7 to 9 days, the caterpillar will transform into a butterfly inside the chrysalis. Once the transformation is complete, the butterfly will struggle out of the chrysalis. It will take a few hours before the butterfly is able to start flying. Butterflies are able to live for up to 2 weeks. Their lifespan is indeed short.