Butterfly wing scale, SEM

Butterfly wing scale, SEM

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Credit: MARTIN OEGGERLI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Butterfly wing scale. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a scale from the wing of a butterfly. All butterflies and moths have many transparent scales on their wings, which have tiny ridges on them. These 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, ridge, ridges, scale, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, wildlife, wing, zoological, zoology

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