The male chases and intoxicates the female with his scent (pheromones) until she is ready to mate. Mating can last for several hours!
The Eggs or Ova: The butterfly lays hundreds of eggs but only 5% will survive.
The Caterpillar or Larva: The caterpillar hatches and spends most of its time eating! It can increase its weight 100 times in a few weeks.
The Chrysalis or Pupa: Inside the chrysalis the caterpillar first turns into a lumpy liquid, before new body parts are formed to create a butterfly.
This change is known as metamorphosis.
Emergence: The butterfly breaks through the chrysalis shell. Its wings are crumpled and wet. Blood is pumped into its veins, straightening them out.
The butterfly dries its wings in the sun.
Butterfly is ready to find a mate.
Look whos arrived at Tropical world.
Our very own Elf...Hes up to no good already.He met Finn fennec fox..... pic.twitter.com/H4AbEkaatU
About 2 months ago from Tropical World's Twitter via Twitter for Android
Beautiful day here at tropical world butterflies are in full flight
#feeling happy pic.twitter.com/JJ5iU4DoEK
About 6 months ago from Tropical World's Twitter via Twitter for Android
Our cool meerkats!!!#tropical world pic.twitter.com/AJQOSH5wIf
Our Red-billed Toucans, the latest animals to call Tropical World home
About 6 months ago from Tropical World's Twitter via Twitter Web App
@TropicalWorldLK is open seven days a week, including Easter Sunday and bank holidays, until the end of September. pic.twitter.com/BfvE7IKU5t
About 3 years ago from Tropical World's Twitter via Twitter Web Client
Just one of the dazziling display of beautiful butterflies in our tropical rainforest
About 4 years ago from Tropical World's Twitter via Twitter Web Client
Tropical World is a great day out, for families of all shapes and sizes! #WeAreFamily pic.twitter.com/j7gMndLqP0
Our Geoffrey Marmosets have started exploring their enclosure by themselves
#AllGrownUp #WhereDoesTheTimeGo pic.twitter.com/5E8gc8I7q2
Get up close and personal with our reptiles during our handling sessions and do your best Britney impersonation! pic.twitter.com/czuCoUT6OZ
Ronnie the Raccoon is missing the Euro's and can't wait for the football season to start up again
#LoveYourZoo week @TropicalWorldLK starting tomorrow. All week funds are being raised for BIAZA 'Buy an acre Campaign'
About 4 years ago from Tropical World's Twitter via Twitter Web App
Exciting news!! Baby meerkat and prairie dogs @TropicalWorldLK There's lots of exploring being done by all the little ones #funinthesun
Lots of new faces to see @TropicalWorldLK this Easter including the worlds smallest monkey! #cute #monkey #minizoo
Hi, there's great excitement @TropicalWorldLK as we're opening our doors again for the season this Friday 18th March #minizoo
Charity Weekend @TropicalWorldLK 26th-27th Sept. 5euro entry towards Chernobyl International + Donegal Hospice #funforkids #disneycharacters
Lots of monkeying around @TropicalWorldLK today as our 2 squirrel monkeys celebrate their 3rd birthday!#happybirthday pic.twitter.com/GhtYNc9KSb
The prairie dogs are looking forward to welcoming everyone @TropicalWorldLK this bank holiday weekend #longweekend pic.twitter.com/gM76yDXGkp
About 5 years ago from Tropical World's Twitter via Twitter Web Client
Our white cheeked turaco chick has left the nest, Mum is keeping a close eye on the young bird as he finds his feet! @TropicalWorldLK
Great news in our bird section, a white cheeked turaco chick was born 4 weeks ago and is doing well :) #TropicalworldLK
Lots of kids enjoyed their school trip @TropicalWorldLK thank you to those who visited and we hope all the kids have a great summer holiday!
We are delighted to announce over 2000euro was raised for #BIAZABuyanAcreCampaign thank you to everyone who supported us @TropicalWorldLK
May photography competition winner @TropicalWorldLK #prettybird pic.twitter.com/coO5JS4oxe
Come along to #LOVEYOURZOO week @TropicalWorldLK This Saturday we have special talks on conservation #BIAZA #protectingourplanet
#LOVEYOURZOOWEEK starts this Saturday @TropicalWorldLK come along and see the good work that BIAZA zoos do for conservation and education
The yellow mongoose is the star of our April photo competition winner @TropicalWorldLK Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/FnZ5yey7OL
Looking forward to #loveyourzoo week 23rd-30th May @TropicalWorldLK come along and see the good work BIAZA zoos do:) pic.twitter.com/NA2Q0lYJ9L
Enjoying the sunshine @TropicalWorldLK #relaxinginthesun pic.twitter.com/dkgHABueEd
Meet Snowy @TropicalWorldLK pic.twitter.com/49ayLQRCvy
With all the sun the butterflies are in heaven @TropicalWorldLK today #butterflies #sun
Julian, Damo and Gizmo our ringtailed lemurs are making the most of the sun this morning. #sunbathing @TropicalWorldLK