Male firefly prothorax, SEM

Male firefly prothorax, SEM

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Caption: Firefly prothorax. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the prothorax of a male firefly (family Lampyridae). These winged beetles, also known as lightning bugs, are named for their ability to flash their abdomens. The prothorax, which is covered in sensory hairs, shields the males head from above. Magnification: x23 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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