California Academy of Sciences: Science @ Home - The Brilliant Blue Morpho
California Academy of Sciences

The blue morpho butterfly is like a flying, sparkling sapphire. Watch this short video for a glimpse of this exquisite insect.

California Academy of Sciences: Science @ Home - Exploring Iridescence
California Academy of Sciences

Academy docent Annie lights up the screen as she explains the science behind the sparkle of butterflies like the blue morpho.

California Academy of Sciences: Science @ Home - Iridescent Ice
California Academy of Sciences

This recipe’s pretty cool: Add food coloring and salt to ice cubes for a colorful demonstration of how iridescence works.

California Academy of Sciences: Science @ Home -Exploring Iridescence
California Academy of Sciences

With a few household ingredients, you can make an iridescent rainbow materialize before your very eyes. Be sure to ask an adult for assistance.