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 small white butterfly (Pieris rapae). 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, butterfly, close-up, coloured, detail, entomological, entomology, false-colour, false-coloured, fauna, insect, insecta, invertebrate, iridescence, iridescent, nature, pieris rapae, scale, scales, scanning electron micrograph, sem, small white butterfly, white, wildlife, wing, zoological, zoology

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