Coloured SEM of eye, feeler, mandible; bark beetle

Coloured SEM of eye, feeler, mandible; bark beetle

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Caption: Bark beetle. Coloured scanning electron micrograph of the head of an adult bark beetle, family Scolytidae. The mandibles (bottom left) are very sharp and strong & used to bore through tree bark. At centre is one of the beetle's many-faceted compound eyes. Below the eye is the antenna which carries hairs. The head and body are also covered with these 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. Magnification: x48 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: animal, antenna, bark, bark beetle, beetle, head, head of, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mandible, nature, scolitidae, sensillum, wildlife, zoology

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