Thursday, October 29, 2020
Animals Discovery Education

Before And After – The Magical Butterfly and Moth Transformation

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Butterfly Metamorphosis – some of Earth’s most beautiful creatures

Butterflies in their adult stage can live from a week to nearly a year depending on the species. Let us get right to the stunning images, before and after! If you want more interesting content, check out some of the great stuff here!

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Courtship is often aerial and often involves pheromones. The before and after images are breathtaking.

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After

Butterflies then land on the ground or on a perch to mate. 

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After

Many species have long larval life stages while others can remain dormant in their pupal or egg stages and thereby survive winters.

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Butterflies may have one or more broods per year.

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The vast majority of butterflies have a four-stage life cycle; egglarva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis) and imago (adult)

Cute huh! Before
The incredible after!

Butterfly eggs are protected by a hard-ridged outer layer of shell, called the chorion. This is lined with a thin coating of wax which prevents the egg from drying out before the larva has had time to fully develop.

Hi, I am fabulous!” Before
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Butterfly eggs vary greatly in size and shape between species but are usually upright and finely sculptured. Some species lay eggs singly, others in batches. Many females produce between one hundred and two hundred eggs.

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After – Amazing!

Butterfly eggs are fixed to a leaf with a special glue which hardens rapidly. As it hardens it contracts, deforming the shape of the egg. This glue is easily seen surrounding the base of every egg forming a meniscus.

Before and After
What a Before and After contrast!

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