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I strove to conceive the greatness of a Being who could devise and colour all those different butterfly wings.… whether He created the birds, flowers, or butterflies first; ultimately coming to the conclusion that He put His most exquisite material into the butterflies, and then did the best He could with what remained, on the birds and flowers. Gene Stratton-Porter (1863-1924)

Butterflies and moths are classified as Lepidoptera, the scaly winged creatures. These images reveal the glorious colors and intricate detail of their individual wing scales. The living butterflies and moths were gently photographed in the field and were unharmed.

  1. Giant Swallowtail Wing

  2. Zebra Swallowtail Wing

  3. Spicebush Swallowtail Wing

  4. Viceroy Wing

  5. Tiger Swallowtail Wing

  6. Pipevine Swallowtail Wing

  7. Palamedes Swallowtail Wing

  8. Monarch Wing

  9. Luna Moth Eyespot

    An eyespot is a rounded eyelike marking on a wing of a butterfly or moth.