WINGS WITH SCALES

Butterflies belong to the order of insects Lepidoptera. The term lepidopteran is made up of two Greek words whose meaning is “scaly wings.”

Butterflies have two pairs of membranous wings covered with imbricated scales like the tiles of a roof whose functionalities are related to thermoregulation, signaling and courtship.

Next, we show some images made by the macro photographer Javier Rupérez with wings of two species of diurnal butterflies (Cethosia cyane and Papilio palinurus) and a species of chick (Antherina suraka) from our garden.

Some of his works can be found on his website www.javier-ruperez.com.