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Small white butterfly egg. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an egg of the small white butterfly (Pieris rapae). (x160) / Jo Angell Design

Small white butterfly egg. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an egg of the small white butterfly (Pieris rapae). (x160) / Jo Angell Design

Dragonfly Wing, photo by Harold Davis. Up close, lit from behind by the setting sun—the photo shows a magnification of about ten times.

Dragonfly Wing, photo by Harold Davis. Up close, lit from behind by the setting sun—the photo shows a magnification of about ten times.

"The micro-structure of a scale from a butterfly wing. Moth and butterfly wings use pigments to make some colours but physical structures, that affect the behaviour of light itself, to make others. The holes are around 1 micrometre across, about the size of a bacterium. Scanning electron microscopy by Dr Bronwen Cribb, University of Queensland."

"The micro-structure of a scale from a butterfly wing. Moth and butterfly wings use pigments to make some colours but physical structures, that affect the behaviour of light itself, to make others. The holes are around 1 micrometre across, about the size of a bacterium. Scanning electron microscopy by Dr Bronwen Cribb, University of Queensland."

The wings of a butterfly magnified at 200x by Charles Krebs / Butterfly wing scales - Panacea prola (www.photomacrography.net)

The wings of a butterfly magnified at 200x by Charles Krebs / Butterfly wing scales - Panacea prola (www.photomacrography.net)