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 insulate the insect. They may also be highly coloured. The metallic appearance of the scales is due to ridges along their length. Magnification x130 at 6x6cm size.

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Keywords: animal, bionic, bionics, butterfly, butterfly scales, butterfly wing, inachis, inachis io, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, peacock butterfly, scale, scales, type, wildlife, wing, wing scales, zoology

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