Cabbage white butterfly caterpillar, SEM

Cabbage white butterfly caterpillar, SEM

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Caption: Cabbage white butterfly (Pieris brassicae) larva (caterpillar) on the underside of a leaf, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The eggs of this butterfly are laid in batches of up to 150 on the underside of brassica plant leaves, hatching after about 10 days. Once hatched, the caterpillars feed on the leaves, growing in size until they are ready to metamorphose into the butterfly stage. They have voracious appetites and can cause the defoliation of whole crops. Magnification: x45 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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