Butterfly wing scales, SEM

Butterfly wing scales, SEM

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Butterfly wing scales. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of scales from the wing of a Doris longwing butterfly (Heliconius doris). Layers of wing scales are transparent but tiny ridges on the scales break up and reflect light to give the scales their shimmering iridescent appearance.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, animal, biological, biology, blue, butterfly, close-up, coloured, detail, doris longwing butterfly, entomological, entomology, false-colour, false-coloured, fauna, heliconius doris, insect, insecta, invertebrate, iridescence, iridescent, nature, scale, scales, scanning electron micrograph, sem, wildlife, wing, zoological, zoology

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