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False-colour SEM of a hover flys eye

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False-colour SEM of a hover flys eye

False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the compound eye of a hoverfly, Syrphus ribesii. As with other insects, the flys compound eye is composed of a large number of individual facets or " ommatidia". Each facet sends a signal to the brain, which then constructs a mosaic view of the world. The image is poorly focused but good at detecting movement. Magnification: x35 at 6x4.5cm size

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Compound Eye Facet Insecta Ommatidia False Coloured


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This print showcases the intricate beauty of a hoverfly's eye, captured through a false-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The compound eye of this particular species, Syrphus ribesii, is composed of numerous individual facets known as ommatidia. Each facet plays a crucial role in capturing visual information and relaying it to the brain. The image, although slightly out of focus, highlights the fly's remarkable ability to detect movement with great precision. At a magnification of x35 and printed at 6x4.5cm size, every tiny detail becomes apparent. In this mesmerizing composition from Science Photo Library, we are reminded once again of nature's extraordinary complexity. The hoverfly's compound eye serves as an exquisite example of evolution's ingenuity in designing specialized sensory organs for survival. As we gaze upon this photograph, we are transported into the miniature world observed by these fascinating creatures. It is through each facet that they perceive their surroundings and construct a mosaic view that guides their flight and interactions within their environment. Let us marvel at the wonders hidden within our natural world – where even the smallest organisms possess astonishing features waiting to be discovered. This image not only celebrates the beauty found in wild life but also invites us to contemplate the intricacies present in all living beings on Earth.

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