DENNIS KUNKEL MICROSCOPY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DENNIS KUNKEL MICROSCOPY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Exoskeleton branched seta from the dorsal abdominal surface of a honey bee (Apis mellifera. Setae are small hairs found across the surface of many insects and are not like mammal hairs. There are two different types of setae: mechanosensory that detect touch or wind currents and chemosensory that detect chemicals in the air. Setae call also be solely structure features that help insects collect pollen that then are carried to other plants for pollination. Magnification: x495 when shortest axis printed at 25 millimetres.
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