Comment, Like, & Favorite
Hover Fly Head, Sem
Susumu Nishinaga Photo Library
Photograph - Photograph
Hover fly head. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a hover fly (family Syrphidae). The compound eyes (pink) are composed of numerous facets (ommatidia), each containing a lens. These produce part of an image in the fly's field of vision, resulting in a detailed mosaic image. The two protrusions between the eyes (centre) are the antennae, which sense both smell and touch. The hover fly feeds on pollen and nectar which it sucks through modified mouthparts (lower centre). Magnification x20 at 6x7cm size.
May 12th, 2013
Viewed 3 Times - Last Visitor from Fort Worth, TX on 06/07/2014 at 12:24 PM
copy and paste to your website / blog - preview