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Black Death - Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus on Monarch Caterpillar

Nuclear polyhedrosis Virus


This virus enters the nucleus of infected cells and reproduces until the cell begins to produce crystals in the fluids of its host. The host becomes swollen with virus-containing fluid, turns black, and dies.


Habitat: Infected monarch caterpillar (Danaus plexippus)

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Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

Maine, USA

Spotted on Sep 7, 2018
Submitted on Feb 11, 2019

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