Butterfly wing scale

Butterfly wing scale

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Caption: Butterfly wing scale, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Close-up of a scale from the topside of a swallowtail (Papilio sp.) 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: x12300 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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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, invertebrates, iridescence, iridescent, nature, papilio sp., scale, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, swallowtail, top, topside, wildlife, wing, zoological, zoology

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