Close-up of the wing of a swallowtail butterfly

Close-up of the wing of a swallowtail butterfly

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Caption: Wing scales. Close-up of the wing of a swallowtail butterfly, Papilio sp., showing its arrangement of wing scales. The structure of the wing is like a roof, with coloured scales corresponding to the overlapping tiles. The scales are attached to the wing membrane by short stalks, which fit into tubular sockets. The colour of the butterfly's wing is determined by pigmentation of the scales and also by diffraction of light off the surface of each scale.

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Keywords: animal, butterfly, butterfly wing, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, papilio sp., scale, scales, swallowtail, swallowtail butterfly, type, wildlife, wing, wing scale, zoology

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