Horse fly foot, SEM

Horse fly foot, SEM

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Caption: Horse fly foot. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the foot of a horse fly (Tabanus sp.). The fly uses the two claws (brown) on each of its feet to help it grip on rough surfaces. On smooth surfaces, the hairs (yellow) on its pads (pulvilli) help it to grip, by secreting an adhesive substance. Male horse flies feed on nectar, but the females feed on blood, inflicting a painful bite on horses, humans and other large mammals. Magnification: x1000 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: anatomy, animal, bristle, bristles, claw, claws, coloured, fly, foot, hair, hairs, hairy, horse, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, locomotion, nature, pads, pulvilli, scanning electron micrograph, sem, tabanus sp., wildlife, zoology

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