Butterfly Life Cycle Model for School Exhibition


Butterflies are day-flying insects that also belong to the class of moths from which they evolve.

A butterfly starting from the stage of larvae grows into adult through different stages. There are mainly four stages. Each stage is different and has a different goal.

butterfly life cycle model for kids

The life cycle process that the butterfly goes through is called as metamorphosis. It takes a month or year. The time it takes to complete a cycle depends on the type of butterfly.

In the stage one, the female butterfly lays eggs on the leaf. It lays a number of eggs that are put closely together.

After five days, each egg starts hatching into tiny worms. In the second stage, it develops into a long structure called as larvae or caterpillar. The larvae feeds on the leaves, and grows into adult.

The third stage is where the caterpillar forms a pupa around it and rests, where it starts changing to butterfly. Finally, the chrysalis opens from where the butterfly comes out.

In this video, we show a butterfly life cycle for school science project using materials that are easily available at home.

Materials Used:

  1. Cardboard
  2. Thermacol balls
  3. Pencil
  4. Scissors
  5. Green color sheet
  6. Pink Colour Sheet
  7. Liquid glue
  8. Paint and Brushes

You use the resource/tools page section to find the tips where you can buy these materials used at a reasonable cost.

Detailed Video Show How To Make Butterfly Life Cycle Model for School Exhibition

Questions and Answers:

  1. What are the four stages of the life cycle of a butterfly?

A. There are four stages of butterfly life cycle, they are eggs, caterpillar, pupa and adult.

2. Explain the stage of chrysalis?

A. Chrysalis is the third stage of the butterfly life cycle. In this stage, after the caterpillar has enough food from the leaves, it rests and builds a pupa or chrysalis around itself.

This layer protects the caterpillar from other insects and trees.

The caterpillar starts taking the form of a butterfly and sheds the layer once it is done.

3. Explain the transformation from eggs to larvae?

A. When the eggs are laid by the female butterfly, after five days or more, these eggs start to hatch into the larvae also called as caterpillar.

4. Explain the final stage of butterfly?

A. The adult stage of the lifecycle is also called as imago. This is where the butterfly comes out of the pupa. When the butterfly comes out, its wings are soft and damp. The butterfly rests for some time and starts to pump blood into its wings. Then the butterfly tries to fly and with lot of practice it starts to fly successfully.


Butterflies are the most beautiful insects on earth. They come many different forms and colours.

They usually take one month to one year to complete its life cycle. It depends on the type of butterfly.

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