colorful moth wing

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Close-ups of butterfly wing scales! You should definitely click on these images to get the full detail.

I’ve paired each amazing close-up (by macro photographer Linden Gledhill) with an image of the corresponding butterfly or moth.  The featured lepidoptera* are (in order of appearance):

*Lepidoptera (the scientific order that includes moths and butterflies) means “scaly wing.” The scales get their color not from pigment - but from microscopic structures that manipulate light.

The great science youtube channel “Smarter Every Day” has two videos on this very subject that I highly recommend:

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A loose/colorful painting I did today to get back into the creative swing.  I painted this based off of a photo I took of a Argema mittrei (Comet Moth) Specimen at the Kelvingrove Museum/Gallery.

Sadly, this is my first painting in months!!  It’s been very hectic moving to a new place, but now I am finally settled into my corner of the studio space and ready for an exciting year pursuing my Masters!