Gold bugs and beyond: a review of iridescence and structural colour mechanisms in beetles (Coleoptera).

@article{Seago2009GoldBA,
  title={Gold bugs and beyond: a review of iridescence and structural colour mechanisms in beetles (Coleoptera).},
  author={Ainsley E Seago and Parrish Brady and Jean-Pol Vigneron and Tom Schultz},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society, Interface},
  year={2009},
  volume={6 Suppl 2},
  pages={S165-84}
}
Members of the order Coleoptera are sometimes referred to as 'living jewels', in allusion to the strikingly diverse array of iridescence mechanisms and optical effects that have arisen in beetles. A number of novel and sophisticated reflectance mechanisms have been discovered in recent years, including three-dimensional photonic crystals and quasi-ordered coherent scattering arrays. However, the literature on beetle structural coloration is often redundant and lacks synthesis, with little… CONTINUE READING
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