European spruce bark beetle,SEM

European spruce bark beetle,SEM

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Caption: European spruce bark beetle. Coloured scanning electron micrograph of the head of an adult European spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus). The mandibles, coloured orange, are extremely sharp and strong and used to bore through tree bark. On either side of the head are the compound eyes, coloured green. The head and body are covered with numerous hair-like structures, tactile sensilla, or mechanical sense organs. Inseminated female bark beetles bore into tree bark and gnaw out a central passage in which eggs are laid. The eggs hatch and the larvae chew out tunnels for themselves in the nutritious living region of the inner bark. They can be serious woodland pests. Magnification: x36 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: animal, bark, bark beetle, beetle, dutch elm disease, european spruce bark beetle, fauna, head, head of, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, ips typographus, mandible, nature, scanning electron micrograph, scolitidae, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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