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Butterfly Wings Serve As Inspiration For Materials That Could Change Color By Design
2013-07-18 05:55:35

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Butterflies have beautiful wings full of colorful patterns that do remarkable things with light. A new study from a Hong Kong Baptist University team of physicists has uncovered how subtle differences in tiny crystals of butterfly wings create stunningly varied patterns of color, even among closely related species. If the team can figure out how to replicate the wings' light-manipulating properties, the discovery could lead to new...

2008-08-03 03:00:13

By Phillips, Anna Lena An art-science collaboration yields rich insights Joint efforts between historically distinct disciplines raise a lot of questions- and, sometimes, eyebrows. In the case of art-science collaborations, skepticism can threaten to jettison experimentation: What can art say that science hasn't already said? An exhibit at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., suggests some answers to this question. Taxa, a series of paintings by Isabella Kirkland,...


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2007-12-27 10:26:59

The Rothschild's Birdwing (Ornithoptera rothschildi), is a large butterfly from the birdwing genus endemic to the Arfak Mountains, Western New Guinea. The Rothschild's Birdwing has the most restricted distribution of all birdwings. Its preferred habitat is flowering meadows in an altitude from 6500 to 8800 feet. The females can reach a wingspan up to 6 inches. The forewings are dark brown to blackish brown with creamy white to grayish spots. The hindwings rimmed with black scales and have...

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2007-12-27 09:49:33

The Rajah Brooke Butterfly (Trogonoptera brookiana), is a distinctive black and electric-green birdwing butterfly from rainforests in Borneo and Malaysia. It is the national butterfly of Malaysia. The wings of the male butterflies are black and each forewing has seven teeth-shaped electric-green markings. The wings of the female butterflies are browner with prominent white flashes at the tips of the forewings and at the base of the hindwings. The head is bright red and the body is black...

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2007-10-26 11:51:59

The Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius), is a butterfly found in gardens, fields and open woodlands. It is found in places with sloe thickets and particularly orchards. It is also called Sail Swallowtail or Pear-tree Swallowtail. It is widespread throughout Europe with the exception of the northern parts. Its range extends northwards to Saxony and central Poland and eastwards across Asia Minor and as far as the Arabian Peninsula, India, and western China. A few specimens of the Scarce...

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2005-07-13 19:45:44

The swallowtail butterflies form the family Papilionidae (550 species). They are large, colorful butterflies. The majority are tropical, but members of the family are found on all continents except Antarctica. This family includes the largest butterflies in the world, the birdwing butterflies of Australasia (genus Troides). Swallowtails vary from all other butterflies in a number of anatomical traits. Most notably, their caterpillars possess a unique organ behind their heads, called the...

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