Damselfly eye, light micrograph

Damselfly eye, light micrograph

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Caption: Damselfly eye. Light micrograph showing one of the compound eyes of a damselfly (order Odonata). Each compound eye is made up of numerous simple eyes called ommatidia. Each ommatidium sends a signal to the fly's brain, which combines the thousands of images to form a mosaic view of the world. The image is not sharp but is excellent at detecting movement. Magnification: x69 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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Keywords: animal, animals, arthropod, arthropods, biological, biology, close-up, compound, damselfly, detail, dragonfly, eye, eyes, fauna, head, insect, insects, invertebrate, invertebrates, light micrograph, light microscope, nature, odonata, ommatidia, ommatidium, sight, structure, structures, vision, wildlife

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