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Thomas Eisner

Thomas Eisner is the author of For Love of Insects (Belknap, 2003) and co-author of Secret Weapons: Defenses of Insects, Spiders, Scorpions, and Other Many-Legged Creatures (Belknap, 2005), among many other works. He is the Schurman Professor of Chemical Ecology at Cornell University.


Scales: On the Wings of Butterflies and Moths

Spring 2006 | Essays

Ever since, as a boy, I got interested in insects, I wondered why butterflies and moths, the so-called lepidopterans, were covered with scales. You couldn’t help noticing this. When you handled butterflies or moths the scales tended to rub off, lea [...]