By the time the butterfly nears completion of metamorphosis, the eyes, gut structure and antennae are clearly visible in the scans.
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Credit: Tristan Lowe
Radiographs of the chrysalis reveal a nearly-complete transition. The new technique could be used on other animals, such as bees and maggots, to study their development, the researchers say.
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Tia has interned at Science News, Wired.com, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has written for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Scientific American, and ScienceNow. She has a master's degree in bioengineering from the University of Washington and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California Santa Cruz.