CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Butterfly wing. Close-up of the wing of a butterfly, species Melitaea phoebe (family: Nymphalidae). The structure of a butterfly wing is like a roof, with coloured scales corresponding to the overlapping tiles. The colour of a butterfly's wing is determined by pigmentation of the scales and also by diffraction of light off the surface of each scale. This butterfly belongs to the family of brush-footed or four-footed butterflies.
Model release not required. Property release not required.