Head of a springtail

Head of a springtail

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Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a springtail (family: Collembola). Projecting from the front of the head are two large antennae, covered by numerous sensory hairs. Above each antenna 6 small eye facets are visible. The mouthparts are relatively small & are recessed underneath the head. The springtails are an order of primitive wingless insects characterized by a forked appendage at the tip of the abdomen used in leaping. This appendage is bent forward beneath the body & when released snaps sharply down & back, projecting the animal into air. Magnification: x50 at 35mm size. Gold tint.

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Keywords: animal, antenna, collembola, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, scanning electron micrograph, sem, springtail, wildlife, zoology

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