False-colour SEM of a hover fly's eye

False-colour SEM of a hover fly's eye

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the compound eye of a hoverfly, Syrphus ribesii. As with other insects, the fly's compound eye is composed of a large number of individual facets or "ommatidia". Each facet sends a signal to the brain, which then constructs a mosaic view of the world. The image is poorly focused but good at detecting movement. Magnification: x35 at 6x4.5cm size.

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Keywords: animal, compound eye, facet, false-coloured, hover fly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, ommatidia, syrphus ribesii, wildlife, zoology

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