Brilliant camouflage: photonic crystals in the diamond weevil, Entimus imperialis

Bodo D. Wilts*, Kristel Michielsen, Jeroen Kuipers, Hans De Raedt, Doekele G. Stavenga

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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The neotropical diamond weevil, Entimus imperialis, is marked by rows of brilliant spots on the overall black elytra. The spots are concave pits with intricate patterns of structural-coloured scales, consisting of large domains of three-dimensional photonic crystals that have a diamond-type structure. Reflectance spectra measured from individual scale domains perfectly match model spectra, calculated with anatomical data and finite-difference time-domain methods. The reflections of single domains are extremely directional (observed with a point source less than 58), but the special arrangement of the scales in the concave pits significantly broadens the angular distribution of the reflections. The resulting virtually angle-independent green coloration of the weevil closely approximates the colour of a foliaceous background. While the close-distance colourful shininess of E. imperialis may facilitate intersexual recognition, the diffuse green reflectance of the elytra when seen at long-distance provides cryptic camouflage.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)2524-2530
Aantal pagina's7
TijdschriftProceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
Nummer van het tijdschrift1738
StatusPublished - 7-jul.-2012

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