Coloured SEM of a housefly (Musca domestica)

Coloured SEM of a housefly (Musca domestica)

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Caption: Housefly. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a common housefly (Musca domestica). The head (centre left) is dominated by a pair of large compound eyes (one seen, brown), each eye composed of about 4000 image-forming facets called ommatidia. Mouthparts are visible beneath the eye. Hairs on the head and body act as tactile (touch) organs. The housefly has one pair of wings (silver/grey) and six legs. They tend to frequent unsavoury places, feeding on decomposing matter as well as human food, and they may pick up and transmit serious diseases to humans. Magnification: x7 at 6x7cm size. Magnification: x11 at 4x5" size.

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Keywords: animal, compound, compound eye, eye, fly, head, housefly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, leg, musca domestica, nature, sem, wildlife, wing, zoology

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