Photonic Colored Creatures

Animals and plants come in a dizzying array of colors. Current research is cracking into the remarkable structures behind nature's artistic display.

By Cristina Luiggi | February 1, 2013

Complex nanostructures within the scales of the Ulysses butterfly’s wings help enhance the absorption of light by pigments found in the scales—resulting in an ultra-black and opaque surface.

Complex nanostructures within the scales of the Ulysses butterfly’s wings help enhance the absorption of light by pigments found in the scales—resulting in an ultra-black and opaque surface.

WIKIMEDIA, MELBOURNE ZOO

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February 6, 2013

There are many such animals and birds that have varied colors on their body. Most of the color variation is found in birds and butterflies.

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