Polarized iridescence of the multilayered elytra of the Japanese jewel beetle, Chrysochroa fulgidissima.

@article{Stavenga2011PolarizedIO,
  title={Polarized iridescence of the multilayered elytra of the Japanese jewel beetle, Chrysochroa fulgidissima.},
  author={Doekele G Stavenga and Bodo D Wilts and Hein L. Leertouwer and Takahiko Hariyama},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={366 1565},
  pages={709-23}
}
The elytra of the Japanese jewel beetle Chrysochroa fulgidissima are metallic green with purple stripes. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy demonstrated that the elytral surface is approximately flat. The accordingly specular green and purple areas have, with normal illumination, 100-150 nm broad reflectance bands, peaking at about 530 and 700 nm. The bands shift progressively towards shorter wavelengths with increasing oblique illumination, and the reflection then becomes… CONTINUE READING
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