Breathtakingly Beautiful Closeup Photos of Butterfly Wings

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The beauty of butterflies, the loveliest of all insects, has hardly gone unheralded — but this series of photos by Linden Gledhill is sure to make you even more appreciative of their aesthetic qualities. Using a macro lens to zoom in on tiny sections of their wings, Gledhill (who’s trained as a biochemist) reveals breathtaking multicolored fish-scale patterns that resemble lush fabrics and vibrant works of abstract art. Click through for a selection of images from the series (spotted via Colossal), and visit Gledhill’s Flickr page for many more butterfly-wing photos — among other fascinating series.

Photo credit: Linden Gledhill

Photo credit: Linden Gledhill

Photo credit: Linden Gledhill

Photo credit: Linden Gledhill

Photo credit: Linden Gledhill

Photo credit: Linden Gledhill

Photo credit: Linden Gledhill

Photo credit: Linden Gledhill

Photo credit: Linden Gledhill

Photo credit: Linden Gledhill