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caterpillar the larva, or middle life stage, of a moth or butterfly. Caterpillars are round and long like worms, but have six legs. They may be brightly colored.
chrysalis the hard outside covering on a moth or butterfly while it is a pupa, the stage before it becomes an adult with wings. Many kinds of moths and butterflies make a chrysalis instead of a cocoon. Chrysalis is also sometimes used as another name for the pupa itself.
metamorphosis the changes in form of some living things as they grow. The change from caterpillar to butterfly or from tadpole to frog are examples of metamorphoses. [1/2 definitions]
monarch a large orange, black, and white butterfly. Monarchs migrate over great distances in the fall and spring. [1/2 definitions]