Beetle antenna, SEM

Beetle antenna, SEM

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Caption: Beetle antenna. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the antenna of a Fregate beetle (Polposipus herculeanus). The antenna is covered in sensory hairs and cells (red), which are able to detect movement and smell. Beetles have two antennae positioned on their head between the eyes. The Fregate beetle is endemic to the Seychelles Island of Fregate, where it feeds on decaying trees. It has become critically endangered since the introduction of rats to the island.

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