Butterfly wing scales, SEM

Butterfly wing scales, SEM

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Credit: ALEX HYDE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of scales on the wing of a butterfly. Layers of wing scales are transparent, but tiny ridges on the scales break up and reflect light to give the scales a shimmering iridescent appearance. Magnification: x196 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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