"Like butterflies, different species of fruit flies decorate their wings with a great diversity of spots and patterns. Digging deep into a single gene that produce pigmentation in the flies, a group led by UW-Madison biologist Sean Carroll has found the molecular switches that control where the pigmentation is deployed." (photo by Nicolas Gompel and Benjamin Prud’homme)
Tiffany Glass Wings. Note the patterns in the glass pieces. They were created to give a sense of depth and texture and then used almost as paint to create the image. See the striations on the feathers? The chain mail of the skirt? The play of swirls in the bodice looks like light reflecting off of gold or bronze. Amazing.