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Swallowtail butterfly wing scales, SEM

Swallowtail butterfly wing scales, SEM

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SUSUMU NISHINAGA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SUSUMU NISHINAGA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Swallowtail butterfly wing scales. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of scales from a swallowtail butterfly (family Papilionidae) wing. 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.

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