Hover fly head, SEM

Hover fly head, SEM

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Credit: SUSUMU NISHINAGA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hover fly head. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a hover fly (family Syrphidae). The compound eyes (pink) are composed of numerous facets (ommatidia), each containing a lens. These produce part of an image in the fly's field of vision, resulting in a detailed mosaic image. The two protrusions between the eyes (centre) are the antennae, which sense both smell and touch. The hover fly feeds on pollen and nectar which it sucks through modified mouthparts (lower centre). Magnification: x20 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: anatomy, animal, antenna, antennae, coloured, compound eyes, eye, head, hover fly, hoverfly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, leg, legs, mouthpart, mouthparts, nature, proboscis, scanning electron micrograph, sem, sight, syryphidae, thorax, vision, wildlife, zoology

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