Atalanta : Wings and Scales

One of the most common butterflies over here is the colorful Atalanta. I found a damaged wing that provided enough material for many hours of looking through the lens.

The first two images were done with reflected light, 6.5x and 42x reflected darkfield. The other 4 were taken with the wing in mountant.
Picture 3 with differential intereference contrast 25x
Picture 4 darkfield 16x
Picture 5 and 6 ditto unstacked (single shot) images, respectively 16x and 100x objectives.

For the 100x photo of the scale I’ve used an iris objective (which has a small built in diaphragm ), useful for darkfield at higher magnifications.