Studying structural and chemical characteristics of cicada wings
Scientists exploring the structural and chemical characteristics of cicada wings found the chemical compounds that coat their wings also contribute to their ability to repel water and kill microbes.
[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grant CBET 1554249.]
Learn more about this research in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign news story Study reveals unique physical, chemical properties of cicada wings. (Date image taken: unknown; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: April 23, 2021)
Credit: Wayne Boo, U.S. Geological Survey
Images and other media in the National Science Foundation Multimedia Gallery are available for use in print and electronic material by NSF employees, members of the media, university staff, teachers and the general public. All media in the gallery are intended for personal, educational and nonprofit/non-commercial use only.
Images credited to the National Science Foundation, a federal agency, are in the public domain. The images were created by employees of the United States Government as part of their official duties or prepared by contractors as "works for hire" for NSF. You may freely use NSF-credited images and, at your discretion, credit NSF with a "Courtesy: National Science Foundation" notation.
Additional information about general usage can be found in Conditions.
Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (748.6 KB)
Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.