Cluster fly foot, SEM

Cluster fly foot, SEM

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Caption: Cluster fly foot. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the foot of a cluster fly (Pollenia vespillo). The rounded pads (lower left and right) are used to walk on smooth surfaces. Each pad is covered in tiny tubular structures that secrete an adhesive liquid. When walking on rough surfaces, the two long, hooked claws are used. Magnification: x166 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: adhesion, adhesive, animal, claw, claws, cluster fly, coloured, foot, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, pad, pads, pollenia vespillo, pulvilli, pulvillus, scanning electron micrograph, sem, vertical, wildlife, zoology

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