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Gallery of Colorful Wings

Different fly species have different wing patterns.

(Image credit: E. Shevtsova/J. Kjaerandsen)

Different fly species have different wing patterns.

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

(Image credit: E. Shevtsova/J. Kjaerandsen)

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

Hidden colors decorate the wings of common fruit flies.

(Image credit: E. Shevtsova/J. Kjaerandsen)

Hidden colors decorate the wings of common fruit flies.

In the wild, insects often appear on dark backgrounds, like this green leaf.

(Image credit: E. Shevtsova/J. Kjaerandsen)

In the wild, insects often appear on dark backgrounds, like this green leaf.