The Whitest Insect in the World.


Photo: Dr. Pete Vukusic, Exeter University

Look closely - the unique structures of the tiny scales on the Cyphochilus beetle makes it the whitest insect in the world:

The finger-tip sized Cyphochilus beetle, found in south-east Asia, had a shell whiter than most other materials found in nature, UK researchers said.

Close inspection reveals a unique surface structure covered with scales 10 times thinner than human hair.

A report in Science magazine claims mimicking these scales could provide a range of applications for industry.

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