One of the first things you learned in science class was likely the life cycle of a butterfly—especially the process known as metamorphosis. First, an egg hatches into a caterpillar. Then, the caterpillar becomes a pupa. Finally, a butterfly emerges from its cocoon. This seems pretty straightforward, but what the heck is happening in that cocoon? Doesn't it seem like a pretty big leap from worm-like pupa to beautiful butterfly? Uncover this seemingly magical transformation in the following video, then learn more about the butterfly.
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Written by Curiosity Staff January 19, 2017
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