SEM of the head of a black fly, family Simuliidae

SEM of the head of a black fly, family Simuliidae

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Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a black fly or buffalo gnat (family Simuliidae), showing the compound eyes, short segmented antennae & biting mouthparts. Black flies are parasitic, blood-sucking Dipterans, closely related to the mosquitos. They 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, & Yugoslavia (often assisted by the wind). Damage caused by the swarms is extensive: fatalities amongst domestic & farm animals (including cattle & horses) have been recorded on a relatively large scale. Magnification x85 at 6x7 cm size.

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Keywords: animal, black fly, buffalo, buffalo gnat, compound eye, gnat, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, simuliidae, wildlife, zoology

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