Our agave is blooming for the first time in the eight years we’ve had it. So far the flower stalk is over 10’ tall and 8” thick.

Our agave is blooming for the first time in the eight years we’ve had it. So far the flower stalk is over 10’ tall and 8” thick.

skunkbear:

Close-ups of butterfly wing scales! You should definitely click on these images to get the full detail.

I’ve paired each amazing close-up (by macro photographer Linden Gledhill) with an image of the corresponding butterfly or moth.  The featured lepidoptera* are (in order of appearance):

*Lepidoptera (the scientific order that includes moths and butterflies) means “scaly wing.” The scales get their color not from pigment - but from microscopic structures that manipulate light.

The great science youtube channel “Smarter Every Day” has two videos on this very subject that I highly recommend:

(via npr)