Beetle exoskeleton, SEM

Beetle exoskeleton, SEM

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This image is part of the feature Nature's Armour
This image is part of the feature Microworld Of Susumu Nishinaga

Credit: SUSUMU NISHINAGA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Beetle exoskeleton. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of scales on the external surface of the exoskeleton of a skin beetle (Trox sp.). The scales are flattened versions of structures called setae. Insect exoskeletons are mostly made of a polysacchiride called chitin. A protein called sclerotin is found in the hard surface of an insect exoskeleton. Magnification: x196 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: animal, beetle, chitin, chitonous, coloured, exoskeleton, hair, hairs, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, scale, scales, scanning electron micrograph, sem, seta, setae, skin, skinbeetle, surface, wildlife, zoology

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