Springtail, SEM

Springtail, SEM

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Caption: Springtail. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a springtail insect (Order Collembola). Springtails are primitive, wingless insects, often referred to as 'living fossils' because they have remained relatively unchanged for millions of years. Its head, which has two short antennae, is at left. It has three pairs of legs, each ending in a claw. Springtails are so called because of their ability to leap great distances by flicking their tails. They live among leaf litter where they feed on decaying organic matter. Magnification: x175 when printed 10cm wide.

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