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Silk moth head. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a silk moth (Bombyx mori). This is a male moth, as the antennae (upper left and right) are large and feathery. The male moth uses its antennae to detect pheromones released by the female, and to guide him towards her. The moth's eyes (blue/green) are seen at centre. Silk moths have long been bred for the silk their caterpillars produce around their pupae. Silk has been spun from this material for over 4000 years, the practice originating in China. The caterpillars feed only on the white mulberry plant (Morus alba). Magnification: x15 at 6x7cm size.
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