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Photographer Linden Gledhill: microscope photos of butterfly and moth wings

Sunset moth wing
Madagascan sunset moth

To get these photos, Gledhill uses an Olympus BH-2 microscope fitted with LED lighting, a high-speed flash and a StackShot drive that automates the process of taking a series of selectively focused images, which are then "stacked" in post-processing for ultra-sharp photos. Sometimes it takes as many as 80 individual images to create one final photograph. As for the subjects, Gledhill sources the insects mainly from an online purveyor of farmed insects. "I've looked at a wide range of species and I select those with interesting colouration or scale shapes," Gledhill told MNN. "The wings are typically taken from damaged specimens often from farmed-raised butterflies and moths."

Precis rhadama wing
Precis rhadama

Pollen grain on Protographium agesilaus butterfly wing
Protographium agesilaus

Citharias aurorina wing
Citharias aurorina

Graphium weiskei arfakensis wing
Graphium weiskei

Birdwing butterfly vein junction
Birdwing Butterfly

Breathtaking Microscope Photos of Moth & Butterfly Wings
Colors, intricate details of butterfly wings come alive in microscope photos


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