by Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Thursday 27 March 2014

Biochemist Linden Gledhill reveals to us the little things that make a butterfly beautiful, through the lens of science. In the series, Gledhill first collected various specimens of rare and colourful butterflies. He then placed them under a microscope and a set of high-powered lights to capture the mesmerizing world hidden in their wings.

Each image shows the diversity and beauty of each species of butterfly. Some have scales that could be mistaken for a fish’s, a few have rainbow-like spectrums, and others with unique patterns. Butterfly wings are made of something called ‘chitin’, a protein layer similar to our fingernails. On top of this chitin are scales, which are responsible for heat absorption, insulation, and the spectacular array of colours you are currently seeing.

You can see more of Gledhill’s butterfly and moth photos on his Flickr page.

Via Viral Forest