Reblogged from That Girl
A closer look at seemingly drab, transparent insect wings has revealed realms of previously unappreciated color, visible to the naked eye yet overlooked for centuries.
Until now, the wing colors of many flies and wasps were dismissed as random iridescence. But they may be as distinctive and marvelous as the much-studied, much-celebrated wings of butterflies and beetles.
I wouldn’t say completely unappreciated. When I was little, I’d catch flies just so I could gaze at them (including their multi-colored wings). I’d spend an hour or two, catching and releasing. They were buddies.