Hornet antenna base, SEM

Hornet antenna base, SEM

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Caption: Hornet antenna base. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the base of one of the two antenna of a European hornet (Vespa crabro). The antennae are attached to the head between the two compound eyes (one partly seen at lower right). An antenna is an insect sensory organ, used for smell and touch. It can be moved in the ball-and-socket joint seen here. One of the hornet's ocelli (the simple eyes) is at upper left (red). These allow an insect to detect different levels of light. This hornet is the largest of the European wasps. Magnification: x43 when printed 10cm wide.

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