3D crystals camouflage the Diamond Weevil with their super shine

This iridescent insect is Entimus imperialis, Brazil's diamond weevil, and scientists have now discovered that it's because of three dimensional photonic crystals that it has this incredible color. As you can see from the photograph above, and other photographs of the critter, it's marked by a black shell with… » 3/03/12 12:30pm 3/03/12 12:30pm

Weevil beetles have legs that are just like tiny screws

Many kinds of human engineering have biological equivalents - the most famous is probably the ball and socket joint, which is found in car steering columns and human arms alike. The newest and weirdest example is insects with screw-and-nut legs. » 7/03/11 7:00am 7/03/11 7:00am