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Scales on a Robin moths wings.

60x Magnification.

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Robin moth wing scales only.

60x Magnification.

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Robin Moth Hyalophora cecropia - North America

These remarkable pictures show the colourful overlapping scales of a Robin moth’s wings protecting the thin membrane underneath, like tiles on a roof the scales strengthen and stabilize the wings. These scales are so small to the naked eye that if you handle a butterfly or moth and touch its wings gently you will see is a powdery residue left behind on your fingers, which will not effect the butterfly from flying. Scales vary considerably in shape and colour, the large transparent windows created in some tropical genera are areas absent of scales.

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Scales on a Robin moths wings.

60x Magnification.

Micro pictures taken with a

Celestron Amoeba Dual Purpose Digital Microscope (Model 4432)

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Robin moth scales only, close-up.

200x Magnification.

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Robin moth wing scales only.

10x Magnification.