The Japanese jewel beetle: a painter's challenge

  title={The Japanese jewel beetle: a painter's challenge},
  author={Franziska Schenk and Bodo D. Wilts and Doekele G. Stavenga},
  journal={Bioinspiration \& Biomimetics},
Colours as dynamic as the metallic-like hues adorning the Japanese jewel beetle have never been captured on canvas before. Unlike, and unmatched by, the chemical pigments of the artist's palette, the effect is generated by layered microstructures that refract and reflect light to make colour visible. Exclusive to nature for millions of years, such jewel-like colouration is only now being introduced to art. Sustained scientific research into nature's iridescent multilayer reflectors has recently… 

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