Coloured SEM of the compound eye of a hover fly

Coloured SEM of the compound eye of a hover fly

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Credit: DAVID SCHARF/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Compound eye. Coloured Scanning Electron Micro- graph (SEM) of the compound eye of a hover fly (family: Syrphidae). Numerous hexagonal facets or ommatidia of the eye are seen; the eye also contains small touch-sensitive hairs. Each facet of the eye is a cone-shaped image-forming structure consisting of a cuticular lens, a crystalline cone and an array of light-sensitive cells. The compound eye enables the hover fly to detect rapid movement and orientate with respect to light direction and intensity, although it is not capable of forming a clearly focused image. Magnification: x80 at 6x7cm size. x120 at 4x5"

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Keywords: animal, compound eye, eye, fly, hover, hover fly, hoverfly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, scanning electron micrograph, sem, syrphidae, wildlife, zoology

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