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Weird crystal makes beetle a living jewel

Optical micrograph of the scales of a Longhorn beetle

The scales (pictured) of an African beetle species contain crystalline structures that colour the insect a brilliant green. Credit: Y. Kobayashi et al./J. R. Soc. Interface

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Nature 599, 350 (2021)



  1. Kobayashi, Y. Ohnuki, Y. & Yoshioka, S. J. R. Soc. Interface (2021).

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