The natural process of transforming the butterfly to “transform” into a beautiful shape is always a fascinating subject for scientists because of its uniqueness and wonder in each stage of its development.
Researchers have identified a “trigger hormone” – responsible for triggering molting in the caterpillars to become beautiful butterfly wings.
The team also found that just by modulating their hormone therapy, they could stop the worm’s growth. The finding could provide a better understanding of the hormone’s control over human growth.
David Champlin, professor of biology at the University of Southern Maine and colleagues authored this study. Champlin compared a newly found hormone (called a metamorphosis trigger) to a starter engine in a car.