Does a moth turn into a caterpillar?
Moths do not turn into caterpillars; they come from caterpillars. The way moths and butterflies grow is through a process called metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is a Greek word that means transformation or change in shape.
A butterfly or moth begins its life as an egg. When the egg hatches, it releases a tiny caterpillar that eats its eggshell and then starts eating leaves and other plant parts. The caterpillar spends most of its time eating so it can grow bigger. It may shed its skin several times during this stage of its life cycle. The last time it sheds its skin, the caterpillar has grown to full size and forms a pupa, which is commonly called a chrysalis for butterflies or cocoon for moths.
During the transformation from pupa to adult, some species of butterflies and moths become completely liquid inside their pupal skin, which breaks down completely as the new organism forms inside. Other species have hard parts inside the pupal skin that the new insect uses to form its wings and other body parts.
Once the transformation from pupa to adult is complete, the adult insect must let its new wings dry before it flies away!
What does a moth turn into?
Moths do not turn into anything. They turn from caterpillars to moths. Moths and butterflies both have four stages of life, egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Moths lay eggs that turn into caterpillars (“larvae” being the singular form). Caterpillars eat a lot and grow. When they are done growing, they enter the pupa stage. This is when the caterpillar changes into an adult butterfly (or moth).