Misleading Transparency

Cicada in the genus Neotibicen

To a naturalist, the wings of a cicada appear to be clear and simple structures. The transparency at the optical scale belies a complexity at the micro and nanoscale. The wing surfaces are not smooth, but contain a diverse range of micro and nano architectures. These tiny structures vary across the wing surface and among species of cicadas. With over 2000 species of cicadas world wide, structural biologists and nanotechnologists have plenty of material and…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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