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Hover fly eye, SEM

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Media ID 6460951

© SUSUMU NISHINAGA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Compound Facet Facets Hover Fly Insecta Lens Lenses Ommatidia Ommatidium Sight Syrphidae Vision Visual


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This print showcases the intricate beauty of a hover fly's eye, captured through scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The image provides a mesmerizing glimpse into the world of nature and wildlife, specifically highlighting the remarkable sight possessed by these tiny creatures. The vibrant colors and detailed structure of the hover fly's compound eye are truly awe-inspiring. Composed of numerous ommatidia - individual visual units - this complex organ allows for exceptional vision in these insects. Each facet or lens within the ommatidium contributes to their ability to perceive their surroundings with great precision. As we delve into zoology and explore the anatomy of invertebrates like this hover fly, we gain a deeper understanding of their unique adaptations and survival strategies. This photograph not only serves as an artistic representation but also as a valuable scientific tool that aids researchers in unraveling the mysteries behind insect vision. Science Photo Library has once again delivered an extraordinary piece that seamlessly combines artistry with scientific exploration. By capturing such breathtaking images, they enable us to appreciate both the aesthetic wonders found in nature and its incredible complexity.

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