Hover fly compound eye, SEM

Hover fly compound eye, SEM

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Credit: SUSUMU NISHINAGA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hover fly compound eye. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of numerous lenses making up the surface of a compound eye from a hover fly (family Syrphidae). These lenses are called ommatidia. A compound eye is not very good at distinguishing detail, but it does enable the detection of tiny movements. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, animal, compound eye, hover fly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, lens, lenses, many, mutiple, nature, ommatidia, ommatidium, surface, syrphidae, wildlife, zoology

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