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Unusual coloration in scarabaeid beetles

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In this paper we investigate the reflection of circularly polarized light from the exocuticle of the scarabaeid beetle Gymnopleurus virens. Reflection spectra are deeply modulated, exhibiting a number of relatively narrow well-defined peaks, which differ from previously studied specimens. By comparing model calculations and electron microscopy work with the recorded spectra, we can propose the presence of specific structural defects responsible for the unusual spectra. © 2007 IOP Publishing Ltd.

UOW Authors


  •   Prinsloo, Linda (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Brink, D. J., Van Der Berg, N. G., Prinsloo, L. C., & Hodgkinson, I. J. (2007). Unusual coloration in scarabaeid beetles. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 40(7), 2189-2196. doi:10.1088/0022-3727/40/7/050

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-33947404881

Start Page


  • 2189

End Page


  • 2196

Volume


  • 40

Issue


  • 7

Abstract


  • In this paper we investigate the reflection of circularly polarized light from the exocuticle of the scarabaeid beetle Gymnopleurus virens. Reflection spectra are deeply modulated, exhibiting a number of relatively narrow well-defined peaks, which differ from previously studied specimens. By comparing model calculations and electron microscopy work with the recorded spectra, we can propose the presence of specific structural defects responsible for the unusual spectra. © 2007 IOP Publishing Ltd.

UOW Authors


  •   Prinsloo, Linda (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Brink, D. J., Van Der Berg, N. G., Prinsloo, L. C., & Hodgkinson, I. J. (2007). Unusual coloration in scarabaeid beetles. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 40(7), 2189-2196. doi:10.1088/0022-3727/40/7/050

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-33947404881

Start Page


  • 2189

End Page


  • 2196

Volume


  • 40

Issue


  • 7