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The butterflies of the earth

The Reproduction Cycle

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Mating butterflies...how and where they lay their eggs.

As with most living creatures, reproduction first requires courtship, where the male will flap its wings above the female's antennae, creating a sexual stimulant in the dust of microscopic scales.
  Usually, a female is already prepared to start mating and will skip the courship ritual entirely. But others will perform long, complicated rituals, mostly to find a strong enough mate.
  Males, unlike females, have to wait several days in order to mate, but the result is the ability to mate multiple times. Females, on the other hand, can usually mate right away, possibly only to mate just once. Some species can mate more than once.
   Once the eggs are fertilized, the female will then lay the eggs, usually near a plant stem or leaf.

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Page completed on 9/30/04