Coloured SEM of scales from the peacock butterfly

Coloured SEM of scales from the peacock butterfly

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Caption: Butterfly scales. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of scales from the wing of a peacock butterfly, Inachis io. These scales have an intricate design and overlap like the tiles on the roof of a building. They allow heat and light to enter, and also help to prevent warmth from escaping from the butterfly. They may also be highly coloured. Magnification x450 at 6x6cm size.

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Keywords: animal, biology, bionic, bionics, butterfly, butterfly wing, entomology, inachis, inachis io, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, overlap, peacock butterfly, scale, scales, scanning electron micrograph, sem, type, wildlife, wing, wing scales, zoology

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