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Springtail body hairs, SEM

Springtail body hairs, SEM

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EYE OF SCIENCE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY EYE OF SCIENCE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Springtail body hairs. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of hairs on the body of a springtail (order Collembola), a primitive insect. The springtail has existed unchanged for millions of years, and is considered a living fossil. It lives mainly in leaf litter, and feeds on decaying organic matter. It takes its name from its ability to flick its tail downwards, causing it to leap in the air. It does this to avoid predators. Magnification: x660 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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