False colour SEM of the foot of a housefly

False colour SEM of the foot of a housefly

Z340/0199 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 25.5MB

Downloadable file size: 1.7MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Caption: False colour scanning electron micrograph of a foot of a housefly, Musca domestica. The foot of the fly consists of two claws, two pads or cushions called pulvilli (washing up pads) & a long bristle between the two. The foot serves a dual purpose; on rough surfaces the claw grips & on smooth surfaces the miniature tubes covering the pads secrete a substance, which enables adhesion. It is uncertain whether the tubes secrete a glue or whether physical effects of surface tension & molecular action account for the adhesion. Many of the hairs, or setae, on the insect serve as tactile sensory organs. Magnification: X 54 at 35mm size. Original is bw print z340/186.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: animal, fly, foot, foot of, foot of housefly, housefly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, musca domestica, nature, pulvillus, wildlife, zoology

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.