Nettle gall midge

Nettle gall midge

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Caption: Nettle gall midge (Dasineura urticae), anatomical artwork. At top is a male specimen (only three legs shown). The nettle gall midge has one pair of wings which are covered in many hairs. To stabilise it in flight it has knob shaped organs known as halteres, (one visible), located posterior to the base of the wings. Located at the rear of the abdomen is a pair of 'claspers', which are used to latch on to the female's genitalia during mating. At right is an enlarged frontal view of the head, showing the fused compound eyes, maxillary palps (lower) and antennae (upper). At bottom left is an enlarged view of the terminal portion of a foot, showing four pads surrounded by hairs, which are used for suction and the two claws, used for grip.

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