False-colour SEM of the head of a fruit fly

False-colour SEM of the head of a fruit fly

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Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. Here, one of two multifaceted compound eyes (red) is seen; above this are antennae consisting of small fleshy pads with bristle-like extensions called aristas. On the snout is a proboscis which is designed like a suction tube; palps of the mouthparts occur on either side of it. Hairs or setae cover the fly's head, and may be used for touch. Its wings (at bottom, blue) have been drawn forward. Drosophila melanogaster is widely used for genetic experiments, particularly on mutation, because it reproduces rapidly and easily in the laboratory. Magnification: x65 at 6x7cm size. x87 at 4x5". & x58 at 6x6cm size.

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Keywords: animal, compound eye, drosophila melanogaster, entomology, false-coloured, fruit fly, genetic experiment, head, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, scanning electron micrograph, sem, subject of, wildlife, zoology

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