Lenticles: innervated secretory structures that are expressed at every other larval moult.


Lenticles are dome-shaped circles or ovals of cuticle with a dark rim. They occur with a precise segmental arrangement in the larvae and pupae of lycaenid and hesperiid butterflies. In Calpodes ethlius (Lepidoptera, Hesperiidae) each lenticle is secreted by a pair of large polyploid epidermal cells. The dark rim or annulus is formed from a ring-shaped cell… (More)


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