Stable fly foot, SEM

Stable fly foot, SEM

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Caption: Stable fly (Stomoxys calcitrans) foot, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The two claws are used to grip rough surfaces. The hairy adhesive pads, or pulvilli (beneath the claws), allow the fly to cling to smooth surfaces. Magnification: x242 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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Keywords: adhesive, anatomical, anatomy, animal, attachment, biological, biology, claw, claws, coloured, entomology, false-coloured, fauna, fly, foot, hair, hairs, hairy, insect, insecta, intermolecular, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, pest, pulvilli, pulvillus, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, stable fly, stomoxys calcitrans, van der waals forces, van-der-waals forces, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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