How long does a butterfly stay in a cocoon?

Answer A butterfly's cocoon is actually called a chrysalis and is made by shedding the exoskeleton. The caterpillar remains in the chrysalis for 8 to 12 days, then it splits open and a butterfly emerges.S... Read More »

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How long does it take for a cocoon to become a butterfly?

A cocoon lasts anywhere from a few weeks, typically for monarch butterflies, to an entire season. Cocoons not only provide a safe place for insect metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly or mot... Read More »

How long is a monarch butterfly in its cocoon?

The monarch caterpillar spends roughly 10 days in its cocoon--or pupa--before metamorphosing into a monarch butterfly. Occasionally, it may take as long as 12 or 14 days before a butterfly emerges.... Read More »

Does a butterfly eat while in the cocoon?

While in a cocoon, the caterpillar changes into a butterfly. It is completely encased in the cocoon and does not eat or drink during this time. Depending on the species and time of year, some remai... Read More »

How long does a butterfly stay in a chrysalis?

A butterfly's life cycle starts with an egg. Then it becomes a caterpillar which spends time in a cocoon, or chrysalis, before becoming a butterfly. A caterpillar stays in the chrysalis for about t... Read More »