Dr. Bodo Wilts of the Adolph Merkele Institute at University of Fribourg and Vinod published a study on how the rainbow weevil (Pachyrrhynchus congetsus pavonius) is able to tunably produce the rainbow-hued iridescence on a scale-by-scale basis. Here's the official press release from Yale-NUS College.
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Welcome to our Evolutionary Photonics lab, where we hang out at the interface of organismal, evolutionary, and developmental biology, soft matter physics, biomaterials, biophotonics, and biomimetics. We are interested in a precise, holistic understanding of bio-photonic nano-structures underlying animal and plant structural coloration (both iridescent and non-iridescent colors; both extant and extinct) in terms of their optical and biological function, development, evolution, and biomimetic and bio-inspired technological applications!