METAMORPHOSIS: THE LIFE-CYCLE OF THE ZEBRA BUTTERFLY

Metamorphosis is an incredible, mysterious process, and it happens in nature everyday…even in your own back yard!

 

Food for thought

Zebra longwing butterflies are one of the few species of butterflies that can eat and digest pollen. Most butterflies only sip nectar. The additional nutrients contained in the pollen it eats may be one reason that adult zebra butterfly can live for several months. Most adult butterflies only have a life-span of 2 to 4 weeks!

Most species of butterflies are pretty picky about the species of plants on which they lay their eggs and on which their caterpillars develop. Talk about why that might be, and how that is a good thing for the biodiversity of butterflies.