This is a close-up view of a Gulf Fritillary
wing. I'll work on a better one, but it's really
really hard to get a butterfly
to hold still for a photo, so for now
this will have to do. See how neatly most of the scales overlap?
Then there are a few loose scales scattered here and there that have
fallen out. As a butterfly ages
, it loses
more and more scales, leaving it looking tattered and worn.