Colour SEM of head and thorax of the carpet beetle

Colour SEM of head and thorax of the carpet beetle

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Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph of the head and thorax of the carpet beetle, Anthrenus sp. The compound eyes are on either side of the head, with a simple eye (ocellus) in the centre. The antennae are folded into cavities beneath the compound eyes. Around the head is the shell of the thorax, at the base of which legs are attached. Scale-like hairs cover the body surface. Anthrenus species are often serious pests both of museum specimens and household carpets. Carpet beetles are able to digest keratin - hair, wool, feathers etc. They can thus play a commercially detrimental role in homes and in storage. Magnification: x200 at 8x10 inch size, x48 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: animal, anthrenus, beetle, carpet, carpet beetle, head and thorax, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, type, wildlife, zoology

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