Giant Blue Morpho, Micro-texture (image) Ohio State University Share Print E-Mail Caption This is one of a series of images that shows the texture on the surface of a butterfly wing. Engineers studied the texture to devise dirt- and water-resistant coatings for devices such as pipes and medical equipment. An electron microscope revealed micrometer-scale features that resemble shingles on a roof, and an even finer nanometer-scale features: parallel grooves on the surface of the shingles. Credit Photos by Jo McCulty, electron microscope images by Bharat Bhushan and Gregory Bixler. All courtesy of Ohio State University. Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.