Butterfly Pictures With Classification Facts And Life Cycle

Butterflies are the most beautiful and manifesting creature on earth. Well, it is classified under insects, that have a foolproof life cycle in its creation. Butterflies are an astonishing invertebrate that is eye-catching for each nature lover person.

There are some heart-touching stories that rely upon butterflies. Supposing like remembering your beloved ones, a lucky charm or a good hope for the future. There are so many stories on it, and all it depends on your own beliefs. This was just an additional detail for love towards butterflies by humans.


Butterflies belong to Macrolepidoptera clade i.e group of butterflies and moths used from traditional terms in order of Lepidoptera. It consists of various family and among them, the large group is of Papilionoidea. Many butterflies are small and some are large in size with various bright colours.

Coming to the point of formation. I have added a video for an easy understanding of Lifecycle that can be presented in four stages. The large butterflies lay eggs on a leaf or any plant, forming the caterpillar larvae, a formation of Pupa And at last the adult butterfly is formed respectively.


Butterflies are having the astonishing and attractive wings that have the melanin content which is responsible for different colours. Different colours like red, black, brown, yellows, greens and much more shimmering colours are visible on the wings of butterflies.

As all the insects are partitioned in three parts i.e head, thorax, and abdomen respectively. Thorax consists of three portions and each has a pair of legs. Many moths have antennae like eruption and proboscis that gets coiled when sipping nectars from flowers.


Hedylidae American Moth Butterflies Small, brown, like geometrid moths; antennae not clubbed; long slim abdomen. Hedylidae images
Hespiriidae Skippers Small, darting flight; clubs on antennae hooked backwards Hespiriidae photo
Lycaenidae Blues, coppers, hairstreaks Small, brightly coloured; often have false heads with eyespots and small tails resembling antennae. Lycaenidae pictures
Nymphalidae Brush-footed or four-footed butterflies Reduced forelegs, so appear four-legged; often brightly coloured Nymphalidae
Papilionidae Swallowtails ‘tails’ on wings; Caterpillar generates foul taste with osmeterium organ; pupa supported by a silk girdle. Papilionidae
Pieridae Whites and allies White, yellow or orange; some serious pests of Brassica; pupa supported by silk girdle Pieridae


General Life Cycle Of Butterflies:

Metamorphosis is the complete stage process of butterflies. It includes four main stages and they are: Egg→ Larva→ Pupa→ Adult 


Butterfly Lifecycle image


Stage 1: It consists of eggs that are laid by adult butterflies on the leaf. After five days or more, the eggs are hatched and worms erupt from it.

Stage 2: This stage is called larvae or caterpillars. Worms are grown to caterpillars. Well, they eat and consumes the leaves on which they are grown. Thus the growth of Caterpillar increases day by day.

There is fast growth visible in caterpillars because they eat all the time. Thus there are the stages where Caterpillars shades their skin due to increase in their size and this continues for almost four times in their life cycle. This process of shading skin is called moulting.

Stage 3: Chrysalis or said as Pupa is the stage where butterflies initiate to take their real form. When the Caterpillars are completely grown by eating leaves and flowers, they undergo in resting condition. 

Thereafter the shape of Caterpillars starts on changing with a rapid period of time. This stage does not take more time to convert Caterpillar→Butterflies.

Stage 4: Moving on to the stage where Caterpillars have grown to pupa and then an adult butterfly formation. The Chrysalis gets opened and butterfly comes out. At first, the butterfly is moist and damp, and it rests in that condition.

When the butterfly is completely grown, it starts flapping their wings. The blood starts circulating in wings and slowly it learns to take flights. For the butterflies initially it is bit tough, but they practices and starts flying.

Hence the adult butterflies fly over various flowers and look up for their mates. Thus after mating, again the butterflies starts laying eggs and life cycle continues.

Facts Of Butterflies:

  • Butterflies use their feets to taste their food.
  • It does not have a mouth for tasting or eating.
  • They can only fly in presence of sunlight.
  • Butterflies fly during the daytime.
  • Green, red, yellow these are the three colours that butterflies can see rather than all other colours.
  • In the very cool body temperature, butterflies can not fly. For flying they need warm body temperature.
  • Skeleton of butterflies are visible on an outer side so that they can protect themselves. Even the body fluid do not get dry by this anatomical structure.
  • Generally, the wings are transparent, but a presence of colour scales the wings are visible with various different shades.

Here ends the article with all the information in one. So you don’t need to surf over other more pages. I hope this detail makes some sense so that you can opt the knowledge from it. I have even provided pics for the butterflies image lover. After writing this article I am in love with nature. God has incredibly created each creature very beautifully. Even I do use the butterflies image for my wallpapers. You too enjoy with colourful butterflies pictures and colour your life same as these creatures.


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