A mosaic of scales…

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…make up the wing pattern of Hylalophora cecropia, North America’s largest moth:

Hyalophora cecropia, wing

4 thoughts on “A mosaic of scales…”

  1. Years ago when I taught general biology at a university in Virginia, I had my students learn to use a dissecting microscope through an exercise with insects in which they had to make observations at different magnifications.

    Many of the women said they thought butterflies were so beautiful until I had them examine them with a dissecting microscope.

    I find the details, as shown here, also beautiful and quite intriguing.

    I guess I lost a few with that exercise.

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