Ten Incredible Macro Photos of Butterfly Wings

In these unique photographs taken by biochemist and of course professional photographer Linden Gladhill, the magnificent patterns on the wings of butterflies can be seen down to the smallest detail. Butterflies are among the creatures belonging to the class called Lepidoptera, which means “scaly wings” as a scientific classification. The scales on the wings of butterflies not only help define their colour but also help regulate their flight and temperature. If you’ve ever touched a butterfly’s wings, you’ve probably seen that a powder-like substance is left in your hand that feels soft. This substance is the scales found on the wings of the butterfly and when seen with a macro lens the results are stunning…

The Wings of a Sunset Moth

The Wing of a Sunset Moth

The Wings of a Ulysses Butterfly

The Wing of a Ulysses Butterfly

The Wings of a Mother-of-pearl Butterfly

The Wing of a Mother-of-pearl Butterfly

The Wings of a Rippon's Birdwing Butterfly

The Wing of a Rippon’s Birdwing Butterfly

The Wings of a Purple Emperor Butterfly

The Wing of a Purple Emperor Butterfly

The Wings of a Birdwing Butterfly

The Wing of a Birdwing Butterfly

The Wings of a Monarch Butterfly

The Wing of a Monarch Butterfly

The Wings of a Giant Blue Morpho Butterfly

The Wing of a Giant Blue Morpho Butterfly

The Wings of a Sunset Moth

The Wing of a Sunset Moth

The Wing of a Blue Triangle Butterfly

The Wing of a Blue Triangle Butterfly

If you enjoyed these do check out Linden Gledhill’s other amazing photos over on his Flikr page https://www.flickr.com/people/13084997@N03/