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The Life Cycle of a Moth

life cycle Moths undergo complete metamorphosis in which they go through four different life stages.
  • Egg - A moth starts its life as an egg.
  • Larva - The larva (caterpillar) hatches from an egg and eats leaves or flowers almost constantly. The caterpillar molts (loses its old skin) many times as it grows.
  • Pupa - It turns into a pupa, protected by a cocoon or pupate underground or on the ground; this is a resting stage.
  • Adult - A beautiful, flying adult emerges. There is no growth during this stage. This adult will continue the cycle and reproduce.