Mealy bug, SEM

Mealy bug, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mealy bug. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a mealy bug (family Pseudococcidae), showing its shield-like exoskeleton (strong and rigid outer skeleton) and antennae (left). It secretes a powdery wax coating to protect itself from pesticides and predators. Magnification: x25 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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