Butterfly Wing : 2012

Photograph by

Gerd-A. Günther

About this image

Light micrograph of the wing of a common blue Common Blue Charaxes butterfly, (Charaxes tiridates). The part of the wing seen here is about 0.2mm in width. The undersides of the wing are covered in scales, mostly light brown but occasionally in bands of black. Two veins are seen here in dark brown, these are tubular and provide structural support for the wing as well as oxygen exchange (‘breathing’). C. tiridates is found in most of central Africa. This image was captured using a Leica DMLB microscope and Canon digital camera. Düsseldorf, Germany