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1st – Blue Morpho butterfly egg: looks like a glowing alien ship!

2nd – Passiflora plant safely holding a Julia heliconian butterfly egg, out of harm’s reach from hungry ants.

3rd – Zebra Longwing butterfly egg.  In nature, often, bright colours signify danger; the orange of this egg says Beware!  Don’t come near I contain cyanide and other toxins!


These photographs of butterfly eggs were taken by a powerful electron microscope for the magazine National Geographic.  Certainly the insect world appears ever more alien after viewing these striking pictures.

More photos can be viewed online via the National Geographic site http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/09/insect-eggs/oeggerli-photography and in this month’s (September 2010) issue.

Thanks to the Daily Mail for catching my eye :p http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1307738/Revealed-The-startling-images-insect-eggs-taken-using-powerful-microscope.html 

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