What is a butterfly cocoon?

Answer A butterfly cocoon, or a chrysalis, is a silky, protective casing spun by a caterpillar so it can undergo metamorphosis and transform into a butterfly. During this stage it does not eat or drink a... Read More »

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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 »

Butterfly Cocoon Activities?

Explaining to children that all animals do not grow up like humans is challenging. Activities can help children understand the process of metamorphosis, in which a caterpillar turns into a butterfly.

Cocoon to Butterfly Projects?

Students can experience dramatic visual evidence of nature at work by observing butterflies emerging from cocoons. If you take the time to plan, you can enhance their experience and maximize learn... Read More »

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 »