Join us in the Tellus Theater for a live web cast as we meet Smithsonian experts.
Have you ever wondered why there is so much diversity in colors and patterns on butterfly wings? What’s the function, and how do butterflies come by their brilliant colors? Come behind the scenes at the National Museum of Natural History to get a close-up view of butterfly colors and related adaptations. See spectacular butterflies and moths in the live Butterfly Pavilion and Q?rius Collections. Talk with Butterfly Pavilion expert Eric Wenzel about butterfly wing patterns, from flashy iridescence to camouflage colors and other adaptations. Look deeper as electron microscopy expert J.P. Hurtado Padilla zooms in on the detailed wing structures that give butterflies their colors. Discuss engineering applications of the unique way colors appear on butterfly wings. Come away with a new understanding of the roles of color in nature.
*This event topic and/or speaker is subject to change without notice.