Light micrograph of the eye of a gad fly

Light micrograph of the eye of a gad fly

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Credit: JOHN BURBIDGE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Light micrograph of the compound eye of a horsefly or gad fly (family Tabanidae), showing numerous facets or ommatidia. Each ommatidium is a cone- shaped image-forming structure consisting of a cuticular lens, a crystalline cone and an array of light-sensitive cells. Magnification: x300 at 6x4.5cm size, x116 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: animal, eye, eye of, fly, gad fly, horse fly, horsefly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, wildlife, zoology

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