Fly's eye, SEM

Fly's eye, SEM

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Credit: SUSUMU NISHINAGA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fly's eye. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a fly's compound eye. Protective bristles cover its surface. The eye is made up of numerous visual units, known as ommatidia. Each ommatidium consists of an outer cuticle covering a lens, beneath which is a group of light-sensitive cells known as the retinula. Nerve fibres from the retinula converge onto the optic nerve, relaying visual signals to the brain. The image seen by a fly is thought to be a mosaic image, poorly focused but good at detecting movements. Magnification: x88 at 6x7cm size.

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