Butterfly Adaptations – How They Come By Their Colors
Title: Butterfly Adaptations – How They Come By Their Colors
Air Date: May 24, 2018
Series:Smithsonian Science How webcasts, which are designed to connect natural history science and research to upper-elementary and middle-school students.
This video features the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History Butterfly Pavilion Manager Eric Wenzel and Microscopy Educator Juan Pablo Hurtado Padilla.
During this webcast, Eric and Juan Pablo explore butterfly adaptations, with special regard to their colorful and patterned wings. Eric shares butterfly collections from the Smithsonian, showing special adaptations such as mimicry, mimesis, and camouflage.
Juan Pablo provides a closer look at the butterfly wings by placing them under the scanning electronic microscope (SEM), revealing the detailed wing structures that give the blue morpho butterfly its brilliantly iridescent blue color.
The webcast concludes with a discussion about engineering applications of the unique way colors appear on butterfly wings. Students should come away with a new understanding of the roles of color in nature.
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