DENNIS KUNKEL MICROSCOPY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DENNIS KUNKEL MICROSCOPY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Crane fly head (Tipula sp.). Tipula is a genus in the insect family Tipulidae. It is a very large insect known as a crane fly. All species have very long, fragile legs. The male has a swollen tip to his abdomen, and the female has a pointed ovipositor which is used to push eggs into soil. The larvae of some species are root feeding. Worldwide there are well over a thousand species. Magnification: x5 when shortest axis printed at 25 millimetres.
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