lingo may seem pretty complicated because the different stages of development
also known as metamorphosis
have several names.
First, there is the Egg. Usually,
only called Egg. These are tiny, like the head of a pin, and there are a lot of them. The
female deposits them on a very specific kind of leaf that her babies like
to eat. These plants are called Host plants.
Second, there is the Caterpillar
which is sometimes called the Larva. These get quite large from eating the
Third, there is the Pupa. Sometimes
called Chrysalis. This is a kind of hibernation where the 'ugly
duckling' gets redone structurally to become the 'swan'.
Fourth, there is the Adult, which we
usually call by name. Hey! There goes a Monarch or, Look! there
goes a pretty Butterfly!