Now, as most people know, caterpillars are short, stubby and have no wings at all. Within the chrysalis the old body parts of the caterpillar are undergoing a remarkable transformation, called 'metamorphosis,' to become the beautiful parts that make up the butterfly that will emerge.
Similarly one may ask, what are the 3 stages of a butterfly?
There are four stages in the metamorphosis of butterflies and moths: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
- Egg. Eggs are laid on plants by the adult female butterfly.
- Caterpillar: The Feeding Stage. The next stage is the larva.
- Pupa: The Transition Stage.
- Adult: The Reproductive Stage.
What is the difference between a cocoon and a chrysalis?
Pupa and chrysalis have the same meaning: the transformation stage between the larva and the adult. While pupa can refer to this naked stage in either a butterfly or moth, chrysalis is strictly used for the butterfly pupa. A cocoon is the silk casing that a moth caterpillar spins around it before it turns into a pupa.