Our visualisation of x-ray data of a chrysalis has just been chosen as Science Photo Library’s clip of the week.
The animation shows a butterfly metamorphosis inside its chrysalis. This sequence was produced from reconstructed computed tomography (CT) scan data, showing the internal detail of a caterpillar’s transformation into a butterfly. Initially the caterpillar’s internal organs are seen, mainly its digestive tract and the network of breathing tubes along its length. As the metamorphosis progresses, the internal structures become increasingly complex, and the eyes (far left) and wings of the butterfly become prominent.
See more of our chrysalis animations in this blog post.