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Metamorphosis in the Butterfly

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Summary

Etymologically speaking, the word metamorphosis comes from the Greek  “meta-morphosis”, which referred to any change of form, or transformation.

This word applies   perfectly to the fascinating transformation undergone by certain animals in order to pass from their larval to their adult stage.

This animation illustrates the principal stages in the metamorphosis of a butterfly – the Machaon.

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Learning goals

  • To illustrate all of the stages in the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly.
  • To learn to observe and respect Nature.
  • To define the terms “larva”, “shedding”, nymph”, “chrysalis”, “perfect insect”.

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  1. The butterfly lays dozens, or even hundreds, of eggs --  few among them will  attain adult age.  The egg is clear in color, and soft.
  2. As it dries, the egg darkens and hardens. It imeasures no …

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