Do all caterpillars turn into butterflies

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Metamorphosis From Caterpillar To Butterfly

How Does a Caterpillar Turn into a Butterfly?

According to Etymology Online , the word "caterpillar" comes from an old French word for "furry cat" -- "chatepelose. Caterpillars are insects. They are the immature form of a butterfly or moth. The name of this group is "Lepidoptera," which is Latin for "scaled wings," because their wings are covered with tiny scales that give them their colors. Other groups of insects include beetles, "Coleoptera," and bees, wasps, and ants, "Hymenoptera.

As children, many of us learn about the wondrous process by which a caterpillar morphs into a butterfly. The story usually begins with a very hungry caterpillar hatching from an egg. The caterpillar, or what is more scientifically termed a larva, stuffs itself with leaves, growing plumper and longer through a series of molts in which it sheds its skin. One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar radically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth. But what does that radical transformation entail? How does a caterpillar rearrange itself into a butterfly?

Michael F. Braby is Chief Editor of Austral Entomology, and has been researching butterflies for 30 years. This is an article from Curious Kids , a series for children. All questions are welcome — serious, weird or wacky! We have caterpillars at home.

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The metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly is miraculous, but how does the process actually work, and what happens inside that pupa? By Richard Jones. But at its core is a prosaic and very basic biological urge: the need to eat and grow in safety, then — and only then — to disperse. The caterpillar is a veritable eating machine — a cylindrical, plant-digesting bag. During the few days or weeks that it is active, it will devour many times its own weight in whatever its chosen foodplant might be. The caterpillar does this quietly and secretively. How to identify common caterpillars.

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  1. Alisha F. says:

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  2. Florismart C. says:

    I have studied insects for nearly forty years, and I have also done battle with my share of garden pests.

  3. Elizabeth F. says:

    But not all the caterpillars turn into butterflies at maturity. The adult stage Why do caterpillars need cocoons to become butterflies? Views.

  4. Beltane F. says:

    Insects, after all, are the most abundant animals on earth.

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