Watching a Caterpillar Transform into a Butterfly Using Three Dimensional X-Ray Imaging

#Animals

Fri, May 31st, 2013 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Fast CoExist website brings to attention this video by Ed Yong showcasing the process of metamorphosis up close using three dimensional X-ray imaging.

[...] what’s actually going on inside the cocoon? Typically, scientists have had to dissect them to find out, killing the organism inside as a result, a casualty of scientific inquiry. Another problem with cutting the cocoon to see what’s inside: it only gives the research access to a single moment in the caterpillar’s development, an Instagrammed moment as opposed to a Vine of metamorphosis.

Recent progress in 3-D scanning, however, now lets scientists examine the entire transformation of a single caterpillar. According to National Geographic's Ed Yong, that technique is called "micro-CT, in which X-rays capture cross-sections of an object that can be combined into a three-dimensional virtual model."

  1099

 

You may also be interested in:

"She feeds the crows in her garden - and they bring her gifts in return."
“Cloning extinct species could be on the horizon.”
Parrots and Dolphins Name Their Children
Why Pandas Are So Damn Cute
"It might be surprising to imagine an elephant seeking out humans for help."