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Gallery of Colorful Wings

Closterocerus coffeellae
A female Closterocerus coffeellae, a fly collected in Colombia, looks drab against a white background and shines against black.
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Hymenoptera on white background

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A common hymenoptera wasp on a white background.

Hymenoptera on black background

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Hymenoptera wasp against a dark background, revealing colorful wing patterns.

Plain hymenoptera wing

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A hymenoptera wasp wing on a white background.

Hymenoptera on black background

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The wing of a hymenoptera wasp on a black background.

Fruit fly wing

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A fruit fly against a black background reveals a rainbow-colored wing.

Fruit fly wing

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A fruit fly wing on a white background.

Fruit fly wing

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Against a black background, the fruit fly wing appears colorful.

Wing of a Shore Fly

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The wing of a common shore fly.

Shore fly wing color

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A shore fly wing hides a colorful pattern.

The wing of a fungus gnat looks brown and tan against a white background.

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The wing of a fungus gnat looks brown and tan against a white background.

In the right light, the fungus gnat wing is jewel-like.

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In the right light, the fungus gnat wing is jewel-like.