Large White Butterfly Scent Scale : 2010

Photograph by

Andrew Syred & Cheryl Power

About this image

Scanning electron micrograph of the wing of a Large White butterfly (Pieris brassicae) showing the scent scale at centre. Also known as the androconium, this specialised scale is used by the male butterfly to disseminate pheromones to attract a mate. This image was captured in monochrome and then later digitally colourised. PS Micrographs, Powys, United Kingdom