Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Butterfly - Imago

After a butterfly has spent some time as a pupa in its chrysalis, it will come out as an adult.

An adult butterfly is called an imago, and when they first come out of their chrysalis their wings are all crumpled up. They have to spend a few hours waiting for them to dry and unfold before they can fly.

butterfly imago
(from: wikipedia - butterfly)

Butterflies have four wings. The top left, bottom left, top right and bottom right are all different wings that just all flap together.

If you look very very close, you can see that the patterns on the wings are all made up of tiny scales, like you might see on a snake or a fish.

butterfly wings
(from: wikipedia - butterfly)

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