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•Pupa Stage – resembles a tiny leathery pouch. A pupa is also known as a chrysalis, and is a result of “pupating”. In transforming from larva stage, butterfly breaks out of its exoskeleton by wiggling out of their skin. A spiny appendage appears at bottom of abdomen and is called cremaster. The butterfly connects cremaster to silky pad and hangs there to rest. Many body parts are visible including wings, abdomen, legs, and eyes.
•Adult Stage – known as adult butterfly.
The time length of development cycle of butterfly varies from species to species and from climate to climate (Monarch Watch). There are more than 150,000 species recognized however most of these are moths.
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Dictionary.com “The American Heritage® Dictionary of English Language, Fourth Edition” Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=insect
HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) “Where Do Butterflies Come From? http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/butterfly/ 9/29/04
Jeananda Col, “All About Butterflies” http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/
Monarch Watch 9/29/04 http://www.monarchwatch.org/biology/anat3.htm
“The Lepidoptera Part 1. Butterflies” 9/29/04 http://www.earthlife.net/insects/lepidop1.html#3
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