The chiral structure of porous chitin within the wing-scales of Callophrys rubi.

@article{SchrderTurk2011TheCS,
  title={The chiral structure of porous chitin within the wing-scales of Callophrys rubi.},
  author={Gerd E Schr{\"o}der-Turk and Shelley F J Wickham and Holger Averdunk and Freekjan Brink and John D. Fitz Gerald and Leon Poladian and Maryanne C. J. Large and Stephen T. Hyde},
  journal={Journal of structural biology},
  year={2011},
  volume={174 2},
  pages={
          290-5
        }
}
The structure of the porous three-dimensional reticulated pattern in the wing scales of the butterfly Callophrys rubi (the Green Hairstreak) is explored in detail, via scanning and transmission electron microscopy. A full 3D tomographic reconstruction of a section of this material reveals that the predominantly chitin material is assembled in the wing scale to form a structure whose geometry bears a remarkable correspondence to the srs net, well-known in solid state chemistry and soft materials… CONTINUE READING
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