Watch: Efficient technology inspired by butterfly wings

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Infrared images of butterfly wings in reds, purples, yellows and oranges.

Butterfly wings have scent patches and veins that pump blood. These parts also release heat. Infrared imaging allows us to see where this heat is being released.

Learn how the structure of butterfly wings are inspiring research in energy efficient technologies, including building coatings for improved temperature control.

Butterfly wings are living structures that include chitin – a part of the exoskeleton, scent pads and pheromones, a 'wing-heart', and complex blood flow. These features are connected to a butterfly's structure, infrared ‘vision' and temperature control.

Learn how butterfly wing-inspired colour, aerodynamics and reflection are being used to create energy efficient technology. For example, building coatings that provide cooling, and transit packaging for temperature-sensitive goods.

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Part of the BioInspiration conversation series.

Image: Nanfang Yu and Cheng-Chia Tsai