Stunning Macro Photos of Delicate Butterfly Wings Look Like Shimmering Petals


Butterflies are exceptionally beautiful insects with wings covered in unique patterns and brilliant colors. On their own, these delicate creatures already stand out—but what happens when you look up-close? Artist Linden Gledhill utilizes the art of macro photography to capture the petal-like structures that make up these natural beauties' wings. As a trained biochemist, he's able to use advanced microscopes and high-speed equipment to zoom in on these unseen details. What results is an image that's reminiscent of fish scales, but this particular scale-like anatomy appears much more delicate and feathery. In revealing the unexpected characteristics that complete these pollinators, Gledhill has allowed viewers to visually appreciate the abundant natural beauty that enhances our world.

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