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  • Close up image of a butterfly wing covered with scales
    Rights: Mr Raul Gonzalez, 2005 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition Published 16 May 2010 Size: 490 KB Referencing Hub media

    Butterflies belong to the order Lepidoptera. Lepidoptera comes from the Greek ‘lepis’ (meaning scale) and ‘petron’ (meaning wing). Each wing is covered by thousands of tiny scales.

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