Pulvilli on a fly's foot, SEM

Pulvilli on a fly's foot, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fly's foot. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of pulvilli (tubular hairs) on the base of the foot of a fly (order Diptera). Each pulvillus secretes a solution that forms a bond with the surface on which the fly is standing. This allows the fly to walk on vertical surfaces, or even upside down.

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