The way light reflects off morpho dragonflies’ bright blue wings helps the insects blend in with water when viewed from above, making them invisible to predators and prey
3 March 2022
With dazzling blue iridescent wings, male morpho dragonflies should be hard to miss, but their wings are simultaneously capable of both spectacle and stealth. When viewed against a shining, watery background, the insects can vanish.
Male morpho dragonflies (Zenithoptera lanei), native to Central and northern South America, have wings that generate intense colour by using special, layered structures that alter how light reflects off their surface. The male dragonflies use their wings in flickering courtship displays to attract …