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Tenebrionidae (Darkling beetle) by melvynyeo Tenebrionidae (Darkling beetle) by melvynyeo
Beautiful "Oil Slick" beetle :) Taken at night in singapore forest, size 1cm.

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Members of the order Coleoptera are sometimes referred to as ‘living jewels’, in allusion to the strikingly diverse array of iridescence mechanisms and optical effects that have arisen in beetles. A number of novel and sophisticated reflectance mechanisms have been discovered in recent years, including three-dimensional photonic crystals and quasi-ordered coherent scattering arrays. However, the literature on beetle structural coloration is often redundant and lacks synthesis, with little interchange between the entomological and optical research communities. Here, an overview is provided for all iridescence mechanisms observed in Coleoptera. Types of iridescence are illustrated and classified into three mechanistic groups: multilayer reflectors, three-dimensional photonic crystals and diffraction gratings. Taxonomic and phylogenetic distributions are provided, along with discussion of the putative functions and evolutionary pathways by which iridescence has repeatedly arisen in beetles.
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Half-dude Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
God, that refractive effect it's shell has is just beautiful.

You have such an amazing camera, it's amazing being able to see all the little ripples and dents in the insect's body like that.
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Lizlovestoons12 Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ooh, that's pretty!
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Amazing colors on this, awesome capture.
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VaglusaMinecraftmast Jul 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
OHMEGERD! The beautiful colors! Wonderful capture
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LanestraFlameheart Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful capture!
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AgonizingSwordfish Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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