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Conclusion

The hypothesis that the metamorphosis of the Painted Lady butterfly will occur more quickly at higher temperatures, is proven to be true.

Metamorphosis is a natural occurrence in insects - it is an intermediate stage as they transform from a larvae into an fully grown insect. Similar transformations can also be seen in amphibians such as frogs, as they transform from an egg to a tadpole and finally into an adult frog.

Also consider

What would happen if the science fair project were to be repeated by placing the butterfly chrysalis inside a copper coil with magnetic fields?

The science fair project can also be repeated with mealworms, 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:
3
Project cost ($):
30
Time required:
1 day to prepare, 9 days for the science project experiment
Material availability:
Easily found
Safety concerns:

NA