Ladybird maxillary palp, SEM

Ladybird maxillary palp, SEM

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Caption: Maxillary palp. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a maxillary palp from a Harmonia sp. ladybird. This is a sensory organ that is covered in many sensitive hairs that can detect prey through touch, taste and smell. It form part of the beetle's mouthparts. Magnification: x830 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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Keywords: animal, biological, biology, coccinella, coccinellidae, coleoptera, coloured, entomological, entomology, false-coloured, fauna, hairs, harmonia sp, jaw, ladybird, ladybug, mandible, maxillary palp, mouthparts, nature, prey detection, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, sensory organ, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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