Puzzling together insect metamorphosis

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August 24, 2021

Insects are capable of undergoing a complete change in appearance throughout their life cycles. The process of growth and development from an egg all the way to their adult form is known as metamorphosis. There are two main types: incomplete and complete metamorphosis.

Puzzling it all together!

Now that you’ve learned about both incomplete and complete metamorphosis try solving our life cycle puzzles! Click the button below to download them. The first puzzle is the life cycle of a large milkweed bug (Ocopeltus fasciatus) which undergoes incomplete metamorphosis and the second puzzle is the life cycle of a black swallowtail butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) which undergoes complete metamorphosis. Print a copy of each puzzle on a separate piece of paper. Use scissors to carefully cut out the puzzle pieces by following the lines. Once you have all of your puzzle pieces from both puzzles mix them together! Using what you’ve learned, can you sort them back out and solve both puzzles?

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