Bright green fluorescence of Asian paper wasp nests

  title={Bright green fluorescence of Asian paper wasp nests},
  author={Willy Daney de Marcillac and Lien Thi Phuong Nguyen and Camille Aracheloff and Serge Berthier and Bernd Sch{\"o}llhorn},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society Interface},
An exceptionally bright fluorescent biomatter was discovered when exploring, with UV-A light, the nests of several oriental paper wasp species of the genus Polistes, a genus of diurnal social insects. Fluorescence spectra of the cocoon cap membranes revealed narrow emission bands in the green range of the visible spectrum. Large Stokes shifts of around 160 nm and high fluorescence quantum yields of up to 35% were measured. Transmission spectra were recorded in order to estimate the contribution… 
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