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 the external surface of the exoskeleton of a billbug beetle (Family Curculionidae), a type of weevil or snout beetle. Insect exoskeletons are mostly made of a polysaccharide called chitin and a protein called sclerotin that makes the exoskeleton hard. The scale-like structures are modified setae (hairs). Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: animal, beetle, billbug, coleoptera, coleopteran, coloured sem, curculionidae, exoskeleton, hair, hairs, horizintal, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, scale, scales, scanning electron micrograph, seta, setae, skin, surface, wildlife, zoology

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