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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.
Check out some more moth and butterfly resources from Science NetLinks:
- Butterfly 1: Observing the Life Cycle of a Butterfly (K-2)
- Butterfly 2: A Butterfly's Home (K-2)
- Journey North (K-12)
- Nowhere to Hide (K-12)
- Why Garden for Wildlife? (K-12)
- Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard (6-8)
- Nowhere to Hide (6-8)
- Imposter Caterpillars (6-12)
- Weird & Wonderful Creatures: Giant Leopard Moth (blog post)
- Participate in Citizen Science with National Moth Week (blog post)
- Southern New England Trees Get Help from a Fungus and a Virus—and Rain (blog post)