Peacock butterfly caterpillar, SEM

Peacock butterfly caterpillar, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Peacock butterfly caterpillar. Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the caterpillar head. The Peacock (Aglais io) is one of the commonest garden butterflies. In May, after mating, females lay their eggs in batches of up to 500. After a week or two the caterpillars hatch and spin a communal web in which they live and feed. As they grow the caterpillars increasingly live in the open.The caterpillars, which are shiny black with six rows of barbed spikes on each segment feed largely on nettles. Magnification: x20 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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