Dragonfly neck, SEM

Dragonfly neck, SEM

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Caption: Dragonfly neck. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the arrester region of the neck of a dragonfly (order Odonata). This area is covered in microtrichia (microscopic hairs, grey) that act like a hook and loop system to immobilise the animal's head during feeding and mating. The system is being researched for use as a fastening material. Magnification: x1000 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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Keywords: animal, arrester, arthropod, biological, biology, coloured, dragonfly, entomological, entomology, false-coloured, fauna, head, hook and loop, immobilisation, insect, microstructure, microtrichium, mictotrichia, nature, neck, no-one, nobody, odonata, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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