False-col SEM of a male Mediterranean fruit fly

False-col SEM of a male Mediterranean fruit fly

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Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph of a male Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata. Its head is dominated by large compound eyes & the "flags" on top of the head, a male feature. The antennae, between the eyes, consist of 2 stubby protuberances with bristle-like extensions called aristas. Two palps, or tactile feelers, are above the trumpet-shaped opening of the proboscis at the bottom of the picture. The proboscis is a sucking tube ending in 2 fleshy lobes called labellae that mop up fermenting juices through a system of fine tubes. The fly is an agricultural pest, damaging fruit crops in California & elsewhere. Magnificat- ion: x13 at 35mm size, x26 at 6x7cm size. Ref: MICROCOSMOS, fig. 3.22, page 55

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Keywords: animal, ceratitis capitata, compound eyes, fruit fly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, medfly, mediterranean fruit fly, nature, wildlife, zoology

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