Fregate beetle, SEM

Fregate beetle, SEM

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Caption: Fregate beetle. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a Fregate beetle (Polposipus herculeanus). Its two segmented antennae can be seen on either side of the head, just inside of the compound eyes (yellow). This giant flightless beetle is endemic to the Seychelles Island of Fregate, where it feeds on decaying trees. This beetle has become critically endangered since the introduction of rats to the island.

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