Scientists view insect wings against black background, discover previously unrecognized stable iridescent patterns that are likely used in signaling

Shetsova et al. 2011. “Stable structural color patterns displayed on transparent insect wings.” PNAS vol. 108 no. 2 668-673. 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1017393108


Entimus imperialis, the aptly-named diamond weevil! Full of stars *and* nanoscale optics!

More info here:

Original article: Wilts et al. 2012. “Hemispherical Brillouin zone imaging of a diamond-type biological photonic crystal.” J. R. Soc. Interface 7 July 2012 vol. 9 no. 72 1609-1614. doi: 10.1098/​rsif.2011.0730

Photo 1: André Martins (2009):

Photo 2: André Martins (2009)

Photo 3: Composite of photos, posted here:

Photo 4: Arrangement from Wired article; photos by Bodo Wilts

Photo 5: Bodo Wilts

Pachyrrhynchus gemmatus, a weevil with opalescent photonic crystal scales

Photo 1: Robert Corkery: Natural self-assembled photonic paintings- inspiration for a post-pointillist

Photos 2 and 3:  Seago et al. 2009. “Gold bugs and beyond: a review of iridescence and structural colour mechanisms in beetles (Coleoptera).” J. R. Soc. Interface 6 April 2009 vol. 6 no. Suppl 2 S165-S184 doi: 10.1098/​rsif.2008.0354.focus