IMAGES: The Art of the Small

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Science  20 May 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5725, pp. 1093
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5725.1093c

Are these shapes the latest fashion in southern California roof tiles, or maybe something from a lizard's back? Neither. The multicolored objects are the delicate scales on a butterfly's wing, which refract light to create an iridescent sheen. This shot is one of many striking photos hanging in the online galleries of the Micropolitan Museum. The site, hosted by the British portal Microscopy-UK, displays the work of Wim van Egmond, an artist and photographer in the Netherlands. He has trained his camera on everything from pond-dwelling water mites to the glasslike skeleton of a sponge to mats of cyanobacteria. Learn more about some of these creatures by linking to the magazine Micscape, which features articles written by enthusiasts of the small.

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