Silverfish scales, SEM

Silverfish scales, SEM

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Caption: Silverfish scales. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of scales on the body of a silverfish (Lepisma saccharina). Sensory hairs are seen below the scales. The silverfish is a common household pest and a member of the primitive bristletails (Thysanura). It is a fast-moving insect covered in silvery scales. Adults are about one centimetre long, with a tapering body and three bristles at the rear. Their mating ritual involves a complex dance in which the male deposits packets of sperm on the ground which the female then picks up. Magnification: x600 when printed 10cm tall.

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