Thursday, November 1, 2007

Butterfly scales

Colored Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of scales from the wingof a peacock butterfly (Inachis o). These scales have an intricatedesign and overlap like the tiles on a roof. They allow heat and lightto enter and also help the butterfly to retain warmth. They may alsobe very colorful. Magnification: 750 X.

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