Video: Peacock spider creates its glowing blue color in an unusual way

Science | AAAS | 8/10/2016 | Staff
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Looking at the fire engine red and psychedelic blue body of the Australian peacock spider, Maratus splendens (pictured), is like peeking through the hole of a kaleidoscope. The bright red scales that adorn the arachnid are colored by pigments. But a new study shows that the glowing blue, a color rarely found in animal pigments, is a structural color. A bit like optical illusions, structural colors depend on two things: the physical design of the animal, and the way the light interacts with that design to produce a particular color. Using scanning electron microscopy to see the peacock...
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