Ant spiracle, SEM

Ant spiracle, SEM

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Credit: LOUISE HUGHES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ant spiracle, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Spiracles are openings in an insect's exoskeleton that connect to the tracheal tubes which deliver oxygen directly to tissues within the insect's body. Spiracles are also opened and closed to regulate water loss. Magnification: x1600 when printed at 10 centimetres across.

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