Not too long ago I learnt something new to me and really, really amazing!
It all started with my love of educational YouTube videos. I watch a lot of content Hank and John Green create, so when they ran their annual charity fundraiser in December last year, The project For Awesome, I checked it out.
I watched some of their 48hr live stream and Destin from SmarterEveryDay was a guest. He used a microscope and camera to take detailed images of things.
Previously, in 2013, Destin had taken images of butterfly wings in the same way, and a download of these was a perk in the Project For Awesome indiegogo fundraiser. And here’s the awesome part: Butterflies have scales!
I donated and picked the butterfly images as my perk and they are amazing to look at. I can’t share my images with you, but here is what I can share.
- Firstly, you should watch Destin’s video about butterfly scales and using a microscope to photograph them HERE (YouTube)
- Here are small versions of the images he took in the video you can look at, and they are suitable for phone backgrounds see them here Well worth a look! (facebook link)
- Destin did a second video to find out how the scales are attached and how they get their colour see it here (YouTube)
- Here are the colourized scanning electron microscope images of butterfly scales from the second video. (facebook)
Isn’t it incredible?
For more information on butterflies, including how to garden for them, see: The butterfly conservation website.