Vine weevil foot, SEM

Vine weevil foot, SEM

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Caption: Weevil foot. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the foot of a black vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus). The foot comprises a pair of adhesive hairy pads (lower centre) and a pair of hooked claws (centre right). The pads are used for walking on smooth surfaces, while the claws are used on surfaces that they can grip. This weevil is a pest that attacks woody and herbaceous plants, such as rhododendrons and strawberries. All the adults are female, and reproduce by parthenogenesis (asexual reproduction). Magnification unknown.

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