Structural colour in Lepidoptera

@article{Vukusic2006StructuralCI,
  title={Structural colour in Lepidoptera},
  author={Peter Vukusic},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={16},
  pages={R621-R623}
}
  • P. Vukusic
  • Published 2006
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Current Biology
What are Lepidoptera? Butterflies, moths and skippers form the order of insects known as Lepidoptera. Estimated to include more than 150,000 species, they are widely studied and have long been known to have highly complex morphologies, fascinating lifecycles and remarkable ecologies.Their broad wings are invariably covered with arrays of minute scales. Each scale is a thin, flattened, cuticular evagination from an individual cell in its wing's epithelium. Whether patterned or unadorned, and… Expand
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