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Moth Wing Scales Sem
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Moth wing scales. Color enhanced scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of scales on the wing of a silk moth (Bombyx mori). All butterflies and moths have these transparent scales on their wings, which have tiny ridges on them. The ridges break up and reflect light, giving the wings their shimmering iridescent appearance. Magnification x300 when printed at 10 centimeters wide.
February 19th, 2013
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