Beauty of the Butterfly Egg: Insects have been around for at least 300 million years. There are over a million species representing more than half of all known living organisms. In fact, they may account for 90% of all multicellular animals on earth.
• Yet insects abandon their young just about anywhere, leaving them to survive on their own. The secret may be hidden in their eggs: tough, yet varied, insect eggs are camouflaged or flamboyant, colorful or embellished with spines, stripes and helices. This gallery represents just one tiny fraction of diversity in the eggs: they are all butterfly eggs.
• Who knew that a butterfly egg less than 2 mm in size could be so beautiful?
Source of scanning electron micrographs: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/09/insect-eggs/dunn-text