Monarch butterfly wings REALLY up close

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All photos were captured using a 90mm macro lens and extension tubes. The first three photos are at a magnification ratio of 1:1 or higher. The last one is "only" about 1:1.4.

My next-door neighbor's Monarch butterfly couldn't fly, so I killed it at her direction by putting it first in the refrigerator and then the freezer. That made it possible the next day for me to photograph its wings removed from the torso.

If you would like to review the full-size image files and two others at 100% to appreciate the detail, you can do so until I remove them using the following link:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zeoi493qyxusxfb/AAC8AtU4rijaZUp2K_9n9f_La?dl=0

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Each wing was taped to white, translucent acrylic that was lit from behind by a small continuous-light lamp.

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Nature does make beautiful abstracts.
I find it fascinating how the leading and trailing edges of the wing are so different. So much complexity in such a simple creature. Amazing what a few hundred million years of evolution can do.
Would be a really interesting large print.
gary
 
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Thank you also to Carl, Phil and Allan!

At this high level of magnification the edges between the wings and white bg don't look "right" to me.
I wonder if you can expand upon that. I ask because it's such a straightforward method of photographing the scene -- attaching the wing to a piece of acrylic and photographing it -- that I can't imagine what could go wrong or what you would expect to be different.
 

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