Butterfly wing scale

Butterfly wing scale

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Caption: Butterfly wing scale. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a scale from the underside of a wing of a blue morpho (Morpho peleides) butterfly. 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. Magnification: x2680 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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