Carpet Beetle Larva, SEM

Carpet Beetle Larva, SEM

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Caption: Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a carpet beetle (Anthrenus sp.) larva. These larvae are a significant pest that feed on animal materials including fur, feathers, hair, leather and other fabrics and stored food products. The larvae can survive for two to three years indoors, before hatching into free-living adult beetles. They are covered in hairs (setae) that can cause irritation to humans on contact with skin or if inhaled. Magnification: x110 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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