Complex Metamorphosis

    Some winged insects, such as butterflies, beetles, and bees, develop into adults through a process known as complex (or complete) metamorphosis. This is a 4 stage process: egg to larva to pupa to adult. Instead of developing in several small stages, these insects undergo one major change in the pupa stage. Click here to see the stages in the life cycle of a beetle and a lady bug. Below are videos that show the life cycle of the honeybee and butterfly.

Life Cycle of a Honeybee

California Dogface Butterfly Life Cycle