Living With Hair Color


Pattern Creating Bristles on Buprestid Beetle Photo: Dr Luca Toledano

This close up of the elytra of the beetle, Julodis viridipes (Buprestidae), won honorable mention at the 2015 Nikon Small World Photo contest. The photo captures the bright blue reflective iridescence of the cuticle that is offset by circles of orange hairs. Hairs are one way to produce distinctive color patterns in insects. A number of buprestids from South Africa have distinctive patterns of hair on their elytra.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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