Butterfly wing scales, ESEM

Butterfly wing scales, ESEM

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Caption: Butterfly wing scales. Coloured environmental scanning electron micrograph (ESEM) of the overlapping scales on an unidentified butterfly's wing. These modified hairs contain coloured pigme- nts. Their fine ridges also interfere with light, producing iridescent colours. Unlike a convention- al scanning electron microscope (SEM), samples put into an environmental SEM do not need to be desic- cated or coated in gold. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: animal, butterfly, coloured, environmental, esem, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, scale, scales, scanning electron micrograph, sem, wildlife, wing, zoology

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