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2013,  52 minutes

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Using footage we have recorded on film and video over the past 30 years, we here present the first-ever film account of the fascinating process of colour generation in, and on, the scales of the wings of the world’s butterflies.


Rarely described, though obviously essential to their survival, the butterfly’s extraordinary colours, and their generation, have now become a significant area of research and experiment, as one of the fields of biomimetics or reverse engineering, in which we try to understand such processes and then reproduce and apply them artificially.

This film was shown at a meeting of the Natural Sciences Departments of the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, May 2017 at the request of the Senior Curator of Lepidoptera, Blanca Huertas.