Under an even higher magnification than PHIL 9850, enlarged 22211X this scanning electron micrographic (SEM) view, allows one to more fully appreciate the diaphanous construct of a single scale, which was found on a white moth's exoskeletal surface. See PHIL 9841 through 9850 for other views of this insect's scales. Here, the light-weight structure of the scale was made quite evident, which acted to reduce the moth's overall weight, thereby, further facilitating the insect's ability to fly.This moth, discovered deceased in the Decatur, Georgia suburbs, was a member of the Phylum Arthropoda, Order Lepidoptera.
CDC/ Janice Carr, Oren Mayer
December 1, 2012
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