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Close-up of the wing of a swallowtail butterfly

Close-up of the wing of a swallowtail butterfly

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Credit

CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Wing scales. Close-up of the wing of a swallowtail butterfly, Papilio sp., showing its arrangement of wing scales. The structure of the wing is like a roof, with coloured scales corresponding to the overlapping tiles. The scales are attached to the wing membrane by short stalks, which fit into tubular sockets. The colour of the butterfly's wing is determined by pigmentation of the scales and also by diffraction of light off the surface of each scale.

Release details

Model release not required. Property release not required.

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