A worker at the zoo gave my son a deceased butterfly for him to turn in at the nature exchange. Unfortunately because it came from the zoo's property they couldn't accept it, but he did get points for learning about the wings. After seeing the scales on the microscope, I decided to see what I could do with a macro setup.
It almost looks soft and carpeted:
Using the reversed lens trick, the scales are easily distinguishable:
Both of these images were lit with nothing more than a 3-D mag-light fitted with an LED replacement bulb. Shot at ISO 1600. I was quite happy that it provided enough light for me to photograph.