Moth wing scales, light micrograph

Moth wing scales, light micrograph

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Caption: Moth wing scales, light micrograph. Layers of wing scales from moths and butterflies are transparent, but tiny ridges on the scales break up and reflect light to give the scales their shimmering iridescent appearance. These are from an elephant hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor). Magnification: x100 when printed at 10 centimetres across.

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