Differential response to circularly polarized light by the jewel scarab beetle Chrysina gloriosa.

@article{Brady2010DifferentialRT,
  title={Differential response to circularly polarized light by the jewel scarab beetle Chrysina gloriosa.},
  author={Parrish Clawson Brady and Molly E. Cummings},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2010},
  volume={175 5},
  pages={
          614-20
        }
}
Circularly polarized light is rare in the terrestrial environment, and cuticular reflections from scarab beetles are one of the few natural sources. Chrysina gloriosa LeConte 1854, a scarab beetle found in montane juniper forests of the extreme southwestern United States and northern Mexico, are camouflaged in juniper foliage; however, when viewed with right circularly polarizing filters, the beetles exhibit a stark black contrast. Given the polarization-specific changes in the appearance of C… CONTINUE READING
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