SEM of the black fly

SEM of the black fly

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Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the Black Fly, Simulidae sp., showing the head and anterior region of the thorax. Compound eyes (gold), antennae (segmented and protruding from the top of the head) and the biting mouthparts are all visible, as are the front pair of legs. Black flies breed in the area above the Iron Gorge (through which the River Danube flows), migrating to a large region including parts of Bulgaria, Rumania, Hungary and Yugoslavia (often assisted by the wind). Damage caused by the swarms is extensive: fatalities amongst domestic and farm animals (including cattle and horses) have been recorded on a relatively large scale.

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Keywords: animal, black fly, compound eye, fauna, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, scanning electron micrograph, sem, simuliidae, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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