Chitin layers produce gold and silver colors: jewel scarab
The forewings of jewel scarabs produce gold and silver by having 70 layers of chitin that become progressively thinner with depth resulting in different refractive indices.
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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Electronics mimicking the appearance of precious metals. Products for architectural applications that require coatings with a metallic appearance. Reflectors for improving light absorption of solar systems.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Electronics, Architecture, Manufacturing