Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Learn about the process of metamorphosis and how the catepillar transforms into a butterfly with the help of our lovely, colourful resources.

Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Butterfly eggs are very small. The female butterfly lays her eggs on leaves or stems of plants that the young will feed on.

The larva or caterpillar hatches from the eggs. Caterpillars have huge appetites and feed almost constantly.

The caterpillar attaches itself to a twig and the exoskeleton splits to reveal the chrysalis. The chrysalis (or pupa) hangs down from the twig. Inside the body of the caterpillar is transforming into the butterfly.

The chrysalis casing splits and the adult butterfly emerges.

The butterfly will go on to mate and lay eggs so the cycle can begin again.

Our Life Cycle of a Butterfly Activities

Butterfly Life Cycle Cloze

Butterfly Life Cycle Cloze

This butterfly lifecycle cloze worksheet is an interesting way to learn a little more about the life cycle of these fascinating minibeasts. We've provided a number of words to be used to fill in the blanks.

Butterfly Life Cycle Colouring Page

Butterfly Life Cycle Colouring Page

Learn about nature and have some colouring fun too with our butterfly life cycle colouring page. Choose from two versions below: labelled, or blank.

Butterfly Life Cycle Colouring Page

Butterfly Life Cycle Colouring Page

This colouring page illustrates the life cycle of a butterfly, starting with eggs on the left and progressing through larva / caterpillar and chrysalis.

Butterfly Life Cycle Colouring Pages Set

Butterfly Life Cycle Colouring Pages Set

Teach the kids about the life cycle of the butterfly with these lovely colouring pages. There are 4 pages in this set, and you can choose from a ready labelled version, or blank so they can add their own labels.

Butterfly Life Cycle Matching Cards

Butterfly Life Cycle Matching Cards

Use these butterfly lifecycle cards double sided to test vocabulary, or cut out individually for matching activities. To make double-sized flashcards, just cut around all the outer edges, fold along the vertical centre line and then glue back to back.

Butterfly Life Cycle Matching Worksheet

Butterfly Life Cycle Matching Worksheet

Can the kids match the pictures to the descriptions and put them in order too on this butterfly life cycle matching worksheet? Choose from our colour version or black and white which they can colour in themselves...

Butterfly Life Cycle Notebooking Pages

Butterfly Life Cycle Notebooking Pages

Notebooking is a great way of recording what you know about a topic! We have two versions of each of our butterfly lifecycle notebooking pages - one with space for a drawing, the other lined throughout.

Butterfly Life Cycle Photo Poster

Butterfly Life Cycle Photo Poster

You can see all of the stages in the lifecycle of the butterfly together on this lovely poster. Perfect for project books and displays! 

Butterfly Life Cycle Poster

Butterfly Life Cycle Poster

There are four stages in the metamorphosis of butterflies, and we've shown them all in a simple diagram on this printable life cycle poster. Display our labelled version, or print the blank version and ask the children if they can name each stage.

Butterfly Life Cycle Posters Set

Butterfly Life Cycle Posters Set

We've got a set of 4 lovely colourful posters  - one for each stage of the butterfly life cycle - to print and display in the classroom. Choose from labelled, or blank versions below.

Butterfly Life Cycle Sequencing Cards

Butterfly Life Cycle Sequencing Cards

This fun activity tests how much the kids know about the lifecycle of the butterfly. Print out the cards and the arrows, cut out (and laminate if you want to reuse them), then ask the children to arrange them in the correct order.

Butterfly Life Cycle Sequencing Worksheet

Butterfly Life Cycle Sequencing Worksheet

Can the kids complete the life cycle of a butterfly using the pictures provided? They need to cut out each picture, arrange in the correct order then glue in place.

Butterfly Life Cycle Slideshow

Butterfly Life Cycle Slideshow

Learn about the life cycle of a butterfly by watching this pdf slideshow on your computer screen or whiteboard. There are six slides to view and discuss!

Butterfly Life Cycle Story Paper - Blank

Butterfly Life Cycle Story Paper - Blank

This butterfly life cycle story paper comes in black and white or colour, and lined or with handwriting lines. There are no labels on the picture, so can the kids describe the life cycle process themselves.

Butterfly Life Cycle Story Paper Set - Labelled

Butterfly Life Cycle Story Paper Set - Labelled

To grow into an adult, a butterfly goes through 4 stages: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly. We have a story paper for each stage in this set, with lots of room to write down notes.

Butterfly Life Cycle Word Cards

Butterfly Life Cycle Word Cards

This set of butterfly life cycle word cards includes some of the terminology that you will need when describing the butterfly life cycle. Perfect for displays, vocabulary work and so on...

Butterfly Life Cycle Word Search

Butterfly Life Cycle Word Search

This word search is a fun activity if you're learning all about life cycles. Can the children find the 8 words relating to the life cycle of a butterfly hidden in the word search grid?

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