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Butterflies go thru four stages of life, but they only look like butterflies in the final stage.
1. An adult butterfly lays an egg.
2. The egg hatches into a caterpillar or larva.
3. The caterpillar forms the chrysalis or pupa.
4. The chrysalis looks like a tiny leathery pouch and matures into a butterfly.