Butterflies life cycle
The following series of pages outlines the process from start to finish. There is also a one page short version available featuring the Zebra, Heliconius charitonius.
The story starts with a pair of butterflies mating. This enables the females eggs to be fertilised. Like many other species in nature there is often a courtship routine preceding the actual mating. Some butterflies fly in spirals, sometimes the female lies with her wings in a certain position.