Butterfly wing scale and spore

Butterfly wing scale and spore

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Caption: Butterfly wing scale and spore. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a butterfly wing scale with a fungal spore at its edge. Butterflies often pick up pollen and spores, thus aiding the reproduction of plants and fungi. 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: x3350 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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