Horsefly eye

Horsefly eye

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Caption: Horsefly eye. Close-up of the head of a horse fly (family Tabanidae), showing one of its large compound eyes. Each compound eye is made up of numerous simple eyes called ommatidia (small dots). 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.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, animal, animals, antenna, antennae, arthropod, arthropods, biological, biology, close-up, compound eyes, deer fly, detail, diptera, dipteran, dipterans, entomological, entomology, eye, fauna, head, horse fly, horse-fly, horsefly, insect, insects, invertebrate, invertebrates, leg, nature, ommatidia, ommatidium, tabanidae, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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