Young Bolbitius titubans (also known as Bolbitius vitellinus). As they age, the cap broadens and flattens and fades whitish or greyish.
Close-ups of butterfly wing scales! You should definitely click on these images to get the full detail.
I’ve paired each amazing close-up (by macro photographer Linden Gledhill) with an image of the corresponding butterfly or moth. The featured lepidoptera* are (in order of appearance):
- Madagascar diadem Hypolimnas dexithea (photo by Michel-Georges Bernard)
- Comet moth Argema mittrei (photo by Axel Strauß)
- Sunset moth Chrysiridia rhipheus (photo from Wikimedia Commons)
- Giant Blue Morpho Morpho didius (photo by Didier Descouens, Muséum de Toulouse)
- Rippon’s Birdwing Troides hypolitus (photo by Robert Nash, Ulster Museum)
*Lepidoptera (the scientific order that includes moths and butterflies) means “scaly wing.” The scales get their color not from pigment - but from microscopic structures that manipulate light.
The scales of a butterfly resemble the very flower petals they tend to alight on. Or the scales of a fish. Depends on how poetic you’re feeling.
Can’t wait to see the lepidoptera returning to the Perennial Garden for warmer months. —MN
Hi I’m Chris, a high school student from Boston with a passion for taking pictures. My blog is filled with street candids, long exposures, abandoned places, graffiti and, most notably, empty subway stations. I try to make my photos unique in not only the composition of the shot, but also the way I edit them. Currently, I have two projects going on - one is the documentation of subway systems in NYC, Boston and Montreal, while the other is showing abandoned buildings that are left to waste.
I shoot primarily with my Canon 6D and 17-35MM lens, but I also use a 14, 40, 50, 70-200 and 8MM fisheye depending on the situation. I also have a 40D to take out in the rain/snow. I mainly edit using VSCO Film filters for Adobe Camera Raw, then make adjustments in Photoshop to produce my final product.
Bizarre alien brown-goo covered fungus mushroom in the front yard. I’m sure it’s probably totally psychoactive. Or delicious. Who wants to come try? When I looked it up I found out it’s called a Stinkhorn.
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Start: $400 - Finish: Mean Green MOPAR: Violent Valiant - /BIG MUSCLE
So are we not going to talk about the fact that Bulbasaur and meowth are both drunk?
we sure aren’t
we aren’t talking about koffing eating that with no hands
The Sun, last Friday (18/04/14).
Taken with my phone through the eyepiece of my telescope, though a solar filter. Couldn’t quite get a picture that was in focus but thought I’d share this one anyway!
Sun is really cool to see through a telescope (with different filters, I’ve watched it with more traditional colors) so I urge everyone to observe it when you have a chance. I saw sunspots and even solar flares.
Photograph by Thomas Piekunka