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Easter egg weevils

California Academy of Sciences2015-09

California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco, CA, United States

The brilliant, metallic patterns of Easter egg weevils deter predators, but are fascinating to scientists. Magnification reveals that their colors are composed of tiny, glittering discs. These iridescent scales are the world’s only known organic version of the gemstone opal.

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  • Title: Easter egg weevils
  • Creator: California Academy of Sciences
  • Date Created: 2015-09
  • Location: Philippine region
  • Location Created: San Francisco, CA
  • External Link: Zoom in closer
  • Scientific Name: Pachyrrhynchus spp.

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