Watch: Efficient technology inspired by butterfly wings


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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.


Part of the BioInspiration conversation series.

Image: Nanfang Yu and Cheng-Chia Tsai

Banner image: 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.

First published on 9 May 2022.

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