Mosaic at Proyecto Jardin by Jeff Spurrier
Never knew this! Love the hi-res photo.
Ever catch butterflies when you were little and get a sort of powder on your hands after handling them? That powder is actually a lot of very fine and tiny scales from the butterfly’s wings. Butterflies (and moths) are Lepidopterans, which literally translates to “scale winged.” This is a high power shot of a butterfly wing, clearly showing the distinctions between individual scales. These scales are similar to fish scales and are essential for the regulation of body temperature by absorbing or reflecting light (depending on the angle of the light) as well as protection from environmental and predatory factors.