Caterpillar spines, SEM

Caterpillar spines, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Caterpillar spines. Coloured scanning electron micrograph of spines on a unidentified caterpillar. Caterpillars are the larval forms of butterflies and moths (order Lepidoptera). This caterpillar has many spines and hairs (setae, pink) that make it unpalatable to predators. Magnification: x85 at 6x7cm size.

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