How Nature Uses Physics to Create the Color Blue Animals Physics 

How Nature Uses Physics to Create the Color Blue

By Danielle Bengsch Pigments are one way to be colorful, but butterflies rely on physics at the nanoscale. The Blue Diadem butterfly, found on the African continent, is roughly the size of a saucer with wings spread. These wings fascinated Radwanul Hasan Siddique of the California Institute of Technology. It wasn’t pigment that turned the butterfly’s wings a radiant cornflower blue, but what was it? He found out and is applying lessons he’s learning from nature’s palette to biomedical devices. ResearchGate: Why is the color blue so rare in nature,…

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Life Cycle of a Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly Animals Biology Photos 

Life Cycle of a Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly

By Yvi San Google+ The pipevine swallowtail butterfly, Battus philenor, is a relatively small black swallowtail with gorgeous, iridescent blue scaling. It measures approximately 7–10 cm (2.75–4 in) from tip of wing to tip of wing. It is commonly found in the Deep South, but during the summer you can find it in the Southwest, including parts of California, and from Kansas to New York. Last year I planted woolly Dutchman’s pipevine, Aristolochia tomentosa, to attract this butterfly to my garden. I was rewarded at the beginning of summer with…

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Butterflies: A worn butterfly enjoys refreshment in a garden. tentative identification: Meadow Brown; German Ochsenauge; Latin Maniola jurtina Animals Environment 

Unexpected Biodiversity in Iberian Butterflies

By Steven Spence Winged Flowers A fallen blossom returning to the bough, I thought – But no, a butterfly. (Arakida Moritake, Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology) [落花枝にかへると見れば胡蝶哉 守武 落花枝にかへると見れば胡ちょかな 守武] Good News On Biodiversity This week we have encouraging data to share with you about butterflies in Europe. Biodiversity is a major concern in Europe and elsewhere. However, a recently released study of butterflies in Spain and Portugal suggests biodiversity may have been significantly underestimated. The study conducted by the Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (IBE) shows that 28% of butterfly…

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North American butterflies: Butterflies of North America (Eleanor Lutz) Animals Biology Citizen Science Environment Science & Art 

42 North American Butterflies

This animated infographic shows 42 different North American species of butterfly. It is the work of talented graphic designer Eleanor Lutz, whose creations EH Science has had the great pleasure of featuring on several occasions. Don’t miss her infographics entitled Planet Earth’s Control Panel, How Muscles Work, and Breathing Infographic. Seriously, you don’t want to miss them! Here’s how Lutz describes this infographic of North American butterflies: I checked out six butterfly field guides from the library and picked out some of the species I thought were the most unique…

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