Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Speckled Wood, ovipositing

A female Speckled Wood ovipositing, 4th June 2016. A shaded spot in the wood was chosen to lay the egg, but will receive a fair amount of sun during the day.

The freshly laid ovum seems to be a light green in colour, but the egg hasn't fully dried, and with the added combination of light hitting the freshly laid ovum is giving a false appearance to the colour of the ovum, [which is called light refraction] when the ovum is actually white.

The freshly laid ovum  photographed 5 minutes after if was laid

A further 5 minutes later the ovum having nearly dried
the light green colouring is far less apparent 
 And a fully dried Speckled Wood ovum.

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