Butterfly wing scales, light micrograph

Butterfly wing scales, light micrograph

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Credit: PETR JAN JURACKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Butterfly wing scales. Light micrograph of scales on the wing of an orange tip (Anthocharis cardamines) butterfly. The colour of a butterfly's wing can arise either from a pigment contained in the scales or from the actual structure of the scales themselves.

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