Letting your butterflies go is not only a satisfying experience but it is one that is very important to teach your children.
Children have to learn that animals do not need to be locked up and while it is okay to observe them sometimes, it is always best to let nature take its course.
When they start eating, they instantly start growing and expanding.
Their exoskeleton (skin) does not stretch or grow, so they grow by molting (sheding the outgrown skin) several times while it grows.
Lets explore a butterflys life cycle in detail, including all four stages of life.
All butterflies have "complete metamorphosis." To grow into an adult they go through 4 stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult.
When in the fourth and final stage of their lives, adult butterflies are constantly on the look out to reproduce and when a female lays their eggs on some leaves, the butterfly life cycle will start all over.
There are many different ways that you can catch this miracle happen right before your eyes, for instance, there are live butterfly kits that come with caterpillars so you can see this amazing transformation right in front of you!
Caterpillars do not stay in this stage for very long and mostly, in this stage all they do is eat.
When the egg hatches, the caterpillar will start his work and eat the leaf they were born onto.