SEM of the head of a fruit fly, Drosophila

SEM of the head of a fruit fly, Drosophila

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Caption: Fruit fly head. Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of the head of a wild type fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. Both of its multifaceted compound eyes are seen; above them 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. A number of long hairs or setae occur on the fly's head, and may be used for touch. The first pair of walking legs are at bottom. Drosophila melanogaster is widely used for genetic experiments, particularly on mutation, because it reproduces rapidly and easily in the laboratory. Magnification: unknown.

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Keywords: animal, drosophila, drosophila melanogaster, fly, fruit fly, genetic experiment, head, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, subject of, wildlife, zoology

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