Warehouse moth larva, SEM

Warehouse moth larva, SEM

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Caption: Warehouse moth larva. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of part of the body of a warehouse moth (Ephestia elutella) larva or caterpillar. There is a spiracle (brown) in each body segment. These holes allow gases to move between the atmosphere and the tracheal respiratory system of the insect. The warehouse moth larva is covered in a mesh of fibres, which protect it from predators and parasitic wasps. The mesh also helps to retain moisture near the insect's body surface. The warehouse moth is an important pest of stored food products, such as grain, cocoa and coffee beans.

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