Butterflies and some moths are near-universal symbols of natural beauty, but Linden Gladhill, a biochemist and photographer, has created a stunning set of photographs that introduce us to the natural beauty of butterflies and moths on a macro level unobservable by the human eye.
The highly-magnified (between 7 and 17 times life-size) photos of butterflies’ wings show the scales that cover their wings and that comprise the beautiful patterns that we see. In fact, butterflies and moths both belong to the scientific order Lepidoptera, which means “scaly wing.” Besides defining their coloration, the scales also help these insects fly and regulate their temperature. If you’ve ever touched a butterfly or moth wing, the fine dust that they lave behind consists of these scales. [Read more...]
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