Compound eye of a moth, SEM

Compound eye of a moth, SEM

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Caption: Moth's eye. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a section of a moth's compound eye. The eye has been sliced to show its internal structure, revealing the cones (yellow) whose photosensitive cells are capped by a lens (red). These two parts are known together as an ommatidium. Eyes of this design allow for the detection of small movements, but are weak in distinguishing detail.

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Keywords: anatomy, animal, biological, biology, cells, coloured, compound eye, cone, cones, entomology, eye, facet, facets, false-colour, false-coloured, fauna, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, lens, lepidoptera, moth, nature, ommatidia, ommatidium, photosensitive cell, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, section, sem, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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