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Moth wing scale, SEM

  • Stefan Eberhard
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Scanning electron micrograph of a single scale from a moth wing. The scale is still attached to its base which is visible in the lower part of the image. Scales cover the wings of Lepidoptera, an order of insects which includes moths and butterflies. What feels like powder when touching a moth are actually all scales. Horizontal width of image is 40 micrometres.


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