Colour SEM of hairs on fly maggot in compost heap

Colour SEM of hairs on fly maggot in compost heap

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Caption: Maggot hairs. Coloured scanning electron micrograph of the hairs around the head region of a dipteran fly maggot in a compost heap. Detail of the hairs (long, thin) is shown. Between the hairs bacteria (yellow and green) exist amongst degraded plant material (brown). Compost is made by stacking plant remains in a heap. The remains degrade to a crumbly brown compost which when dug into soil provides plant nutrients. The maggot is the larval stage in the metamorphosis of a fly from egg to adult. Eggs are laid in compost heaps as the rotting vegetation provides the hatching maggots with abundant food. Magnification: x2,500 at 6x6cm size.

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Keywords: animal, compost, compost heap, diptera, fauna and flora, fly, hair, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, larva, maggot, nature, wildlife, zoology

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