NEW FEATURE: VOTE & EARN NEATOPOINTS!
Submit your own Neatorama post and vote for others' posts to earn NeatoPoints that you can redeem for T-shirts, hoodies and more over at the NeatoShop!


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.

Link


Login to comment.
Click here to access all of this post's 1 comments




Email This Post to a Friend
"The Whitest Insect in the World."

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.

 

Success! Your email has been sent!

close window

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using this website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

I agree
 
Learn More