Life Cycle

All living organisms, flora or fauna, undergo the same chain of life events from birth to death. The life cycle of any species includes all the living changes the organism undergoes from the beginning of their developmental stages to the end of their adult stages. The life cycle of a plant is different from the life cycle of an animal, but in the end they all start from birth and end at death.

List of Life Cycles

Butterfly Life Cycle: Introduction, Butterfly Metamorphosis, FAQs
Bed Bug Life Cycle – Introduction, Nymph Stages and FAQs
Plasmodium Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Fish Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Schistosomiasis Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Lice Life Cycle: Introduction, Lice Life Cycle, FAQs
Bird Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle of Bird, FAQs
Chicken Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Tick Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Hookworm Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Fungi Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Insect Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Tapeworm Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Jellyfish Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Moth Life Cycle – Introduction, Life Cycle of Moth, FAQs
Flea Life Cycle: Introduction, Complete Metamorphosis, FAQs
Giardia Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Ascaris Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Toxoplasma Gondii Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Entamoeba histolytica Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Pinworm Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Ladybird Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Wasp Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Dog Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Enterobius Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle and FAQs
Life Cycle of a Dragonfly – Introduction, Life Cycle and Metamorphism
Honey Bee Life Cycle – Everything You Need to Know About Bees
Mayfly Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Ant Life Cycle – Explore How Ants Reproduce
Snail Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Cockroach Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle of Cockroach, FAQs
Lizard Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Grasshopper Life Cycle – Introduction, Locusts and Grasshoppers
Snake Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle of Snake, FAQs
Sea Turtle Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Octopus Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Locust Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs
Cryptosporidium Life Cycle: Introduction, Life Cycle, FAQs

Why Should We Study Life Cycles?

Many plant species depend on animal species in terms of reproduction, for example, pollination in plants would not occur without bees assistance. Similarly, many animal species cannot develop or reach maturity without feeding on plants. Even human beings are carnivorous; who consume several other living organisms to survive their living years. Thus, we see how all the life cycles of living organisms are interdependent on each other for survival.

Even though it’s a big cycle, growth and development phases vary for all living species. For example, the life cycle of bacteria is finished within a single generation; where fission of the existing cell occurs, the cell grows to maturity and then splits into two new organisms and thereby completes its life cycle.

Similarly, certain species live the majority of their lives as nymphs. For example, the cicada species of insects sometimes live their nymph stage as long as 17 years and survive for about 24 hours when they reach adulthood. Whereas elephants take about 15 years to mature and then survive 30 years as adult elephants. But life expectancy also depends on the favourable environmental conditions.

When a living organism dies, a new organism replaces them, and this ensures the survival and existence of that species. The life cycle of any organism is the same, where it either survives or produces new generations to continue the chain of life stages. This chain of life stages continues through time until they reach adulthood and reproduce new generations.

In this section, you will learn all the different kinds of life cycles in the living world. A few life cycles we have our life cycle of a butterfly, life cycle of a snake, life cycle of a grasshopper and so on.

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