How Long Does a Cocoon Last?

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A cocoon can last between seven days and four months, depending on the conditions, temperatures and species of butterfly or moth. Find out how cocoons that have multiple generations through the year can go through the pupa state in a couple of weeks with information from an entomologist and insect specialist in this free video on cocoons.

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I'm Mike Quinn. I've been an Entomologist for twenty years and we're here at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center talking about, "How long does a cocoon last?" A cocoon can vary by temperature and by species and the cocoons that spend the winter in the resting stage can be in the pupil stage for three or four more months. Cocoons that have multiple generations through year, through the summer and during warmer temperatures can go through the pupil stage in a couple of weeks. The quickest butterfly can actually go through the pupil stage in about seven days. And so that's how long the cocoon lasts.

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