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Mallow Skipper Butterfly Egg Scale: egg width=0.8 mm
Photo Credit: Gilles San Martin [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr (user sanmartin)

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Mallow Skipper Butterfly Egg

The Mallow Skipper butterfly (Carcharodus alceae) lays its eggs on leaves of the mallow plant (Malva sp.).

This small, brown butterfly can be found across southern and central Europe, northern Africa, and in Central Asia and is active in grassy and wooded areas from April until October.

Hard and ridged, the butterfly's eggshell (or chorion) has small, funnel-like holes at one end called micropyles. It is attached to the leaf by a glue-like substance the butterfly secretes.

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