Butterfly wing scales, SEM

Butterfly wing scales, SEM

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Credit: MARTIN OEGGERLI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Butterfly wing scales. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of scales from the wing of a butterfly. All butterflies and moths have these transparent scales on their wings, which have tiny ridges on them. The ridges break up and reflect light, giving the wings their shimmering iridescent appearance.

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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, lepidoptera, lepidopteran, nature, scale, scales, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, wildlife, wing, zoological, zoology

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