Colorful moth wings date back to the dinosaur era

New fossils reveal the structure of the ancient insects’ light-scattering scales

Micropterix aruncella

ANCIENT COLOR Scientists found microscopic texturing on the scales of moths from the Jurassic Period that resembles what’s seen today in Micropterix aruncella (shown). Those structures give the insects their iridescent colors.

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