Rejoice in unexpected gifts from parrots and butterflies

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New biological structures usually evolve from gradual modifications of old structures. Sometimes, biological structures contain hidden features, possibly vestigial. In addition to learning about functionalities, mechanisms, and structures readily apparent in nature, one must be alive to hidden features that could be useful. This aspect of engineered biomimicry is exemplified by two optical structures of psittacine and lepidopteran provenances. In both examples, a schemochrome is hidden by pigments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2016
EditorsRaul J. Martin-Palma, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Mato Knez
ISBN (Electronic)9781510600386
StatePublished - 2016
EventBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2016 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Mar 21 2016Mar 22 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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