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On the colour of wing scales in butterflies: Iridescence and preferred orientation of single gyroid photonic crystals

Corkery, Robert W.; Tyrode, Eric C.


Lycaenid butterflies from the genera Callophrys, Cyanophrys and Thecla have evolved remarkable biophotonic gyroid nanostructures within their wing scales that have only recently been replicated by nanoscale additive manufacturing. These nanostructures selectively reflect parts of the visible spectrum to give their characteristic non-iridescent, matte-green appearance, despite a distinct blue–green–yellow iridescence predicted for individual crystals from theory. It has been hypothesized that...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Interface Focus
DOI: 10.1098/rsfs.2016.0154
Access Rights: Open Access


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