Hover fly, SEM

Hover fly, SEM

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Credit: SUSUMU NISHINAGA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hover fly. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head and upper body of a hover fly (family Syrphidae) seen from the side. The large compound eyes (red, one seen) dominate the head. Two short antennae protrude at right of the eyes, sensing smell and touch. The hover fly feeds on nectar and pollen, which it sucks through modified mouthparts (lower right, behind leg). Several of the hover fly's six legs are seen, attached to its thorax (centre left). Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, animal, antenna, antennae, body, compound, eye, head, hover fly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, leg, legs, nature, profile, side, syrphidae, thorax, wildlife, zoology

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