Macro photo of normal & mutant fruit fly

Macro photo of normal & mutant fruit fly

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This image is part of the feature Battle Of The Insect Sexes

Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macro photograph of a normal & a mutant fruit fly of the species Drosophila melanogaster. The fly on the left, with the red compound eyes, is the natural, or wild type, known as Oregon R. The fly on the right is a mutant type known as White Miniature Forked. It has white eyes, shorter wings than the normal fly, & the bristles on its face & body are distorted & forked. D. melanogaster has been used for many years in genetic studies because it is easy to raise in large numbers, reproduces rapidly, & many of its mutations are easy to spot under a low-powered light microscope. The adult flies are 2-3mm long. Magnification: x5 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: animal, drosophila melanogaster, drosophila mutant, fruit fly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mutant, mutation, nature, wildlife, zoology

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