DR JEREMY BURGESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR JEREMY BURGESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Fifth of 5 false-colour scanning electron microgr- aphs of caterpillars hatching from the eggs of the the large white butterfly, Pieris brassicae. The micrograph shows a newly hatched caterpillar on the undersurface of a nasturtium leaf. The colour of the caterpillar has been made darker in this picture to express the darkening of the chitin that occurs in nature after the caterpillar's emergence. The young caterpillars feed on the cuticle of the leaf until after the first moult, when their diet expands to the whole leaf. Their voracious appetite can defoliate a whole crop. Magnification: x30 at 6x4.5cm size. Reference: MICROCOSMOS, figure 3.37, page 63.
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