Springtail head, SEM

Springtail head, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Springtail head (order Collembola), coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Springtails are primitive flightless insects, dating back some 300 million years in the fossil record. They lack external reproductive appendages and only have primitive eyes. The antennae (stalk-like sensory structures, upper left and right) are also primitive. The common name is derived from the habit of some species of using their tails to spring into the air. Magnification: x65 at 6x7cm size.

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