Carpet beetle larva hairs, SEM

Carpet beetle larva hairs, SEM

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Caption: Beetle larva hairs. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of hairs from a carpet beetle larva (family Dermestidae). These spear-headed hairs can cause irritation when they come into contact with skin or are inhaled. Because of their hairy appearance, carpet beetle larva are often known as 'woolly bears'.

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