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How does a caterpillar turn into a butterfly?

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Butterflies are insects belonging to the Lepidoptera family. They are cold blooded and have four life stages which include egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis), and adult (butterfly). Metamorphosis is the entire process of how an egg ends up as a butterfly. The most unusual and complicated part of metamorphosis is the chrysalis stage, when the caterpillar forms a cocoon, undergoes amazing changes, and emerges as the butterfly. The butterfly's life begins as an egg that the female lays on the underside of a leaf. Different types of butterflies are attracted to certain kinds of plants, and the female butterfly lays eggs on the type of plant that the young caterpillar will eat. The larva, or caterpillar, hatches from the egg about six days after being laid. These tiny creatures are ravenous and quickly begin to eat away at every leaf in sight. During this time of tremendous growth, the caterpillar sheds its skin several times, becoming stronger and larger with each turn. It will ... more
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Common Buckeye Butterfly HOW DOES A CATERPILLAR BECOME A BUTTERFLY? Have you ever heard people say that a butterfly never eats? This happens to be true of some butterflies--and the reason lies in the story of how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly. During her life, a female butterfly lays from 100 to several thousand eggs. She is very careful to lay these eggs near the kind of plant will be useful to her offspring later. if there is only one such plant in a certain area--that's where she'll lay the eggs! From these eggs hatch out tiny, wormlike grubs, called "caterpillar larvae." They begin at once to feed and grow, and as they grow the shed their skins several times. All the caterpillars do during this time is eat and eat--because the food they store away now may have to last them for the rest of their lives when they become butterflies! The food is stored as fat, and is used to build up wings, legs, sucking tubes, and so on, when the caterpillar becomes a butterfly. At a ... more
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After about a month of eating and growing, a caterpillar is ready to pupate (become a pupa). This is when it transforms into an adult butterfly or moth. Pupae are defenseless so many moth caterpillars spin a silken cocoon around themselves for protection. Many others tunnel into the ground before pupating. Most butterfly pupae are naked, but they are generally well camouflaged or hidden in leaf litter. A cocoon looks lifeless, but inside there is continuous activity as the caterpillar gradually transforms itself. This process, called metamorphosis, can take just a few days, although in some species it may be over a year before the adult insect finally emerges. more
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This is not easy to explain. You can say that inside the chrysalis the caterpillar changes clothes and turns into a butterfly. (An esoteric explanation: Inside the chrysalis the caterpillar structures are broken down chemically and the adult's new structures are formed). more
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And, no, science cannot explain it. The "naturalist" scientist who denies a god is stuck trying to find a way to explain the shift from inorganic to organic chemistry. In other words, we all understand the chemistry in the beaker, but how do those carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, etc. atoms combine to form molecules that comprise amino acids, enzymes, proteins, life? No one can explain that. Your biology textbook will talk about Miller's experiment, but he cheated by including "intelligence" in the experiment instead of allowing mere random processes. Thus, to your question, what the caterpillar does is what all beings do: grow from egg to adult. The caterpillar is the "larval" stage of the insect, analogous to the worms you see where the fly had been. Those worms later become flies; the caterpillar later becomes a butterfly. The difference is that the caterpillar--butterfly metamorphoses is more public and spectacular, but it's the same process coded in the bug's genes, yet ... more
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How does a caterpillar turn into a butterfly? This is not easy to explain. You can say that inside the chrysalis the caterpillar changes clothes and turns into a butterfly. (An esoteric explanation: Inside the chrysalis the caterpillar structures are broken down chemically and the adult's new structures are formed). Josh_Alexander :) Sources: http://www.kidsbutterfly. more

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