SEM of hatching egg of large white butterfly

SEM of hatching egg of large white butterfly

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Caption: False colour scanning electron micrograph of a hatching egg of the large white butterfly, Pieris brassicae, showing the first glimpse of the caterpillar through the shell. The eggs are laid in large groups, usually on the undersurface of leaves of nasturtiums & Crucifer crops such as cabbage, broccoli, swedes etc. These caterpillars (larvae) hatched in early September. They will overwinter as pupae emerging in May as adult butterflies. The young ones feed only on the cuticle of the leaf until the first moult, when the diet expands to include the whole leaf. The voracious appetite of these pests can lead to the defoliation of whole crops. Mag: X29 at 35mm size. original is bw print z355/132.

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Keywords: animal, butterfly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, large white, nature, pest, pieris brassicae, type, wildlife, zoology

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