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Moth eye, SEM

Moth eye. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of numerous lenses making up the surface of a compound eye from a moth (order Lepidoptera). These lenses are called ommatidia. A compound eye is not very good at distinguishing detail, but it does enable the detection of tiny movements

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Compound Eye Facet Facets Insecta Lepidoptera Moth Ommatidia Ommatidium Vision Visual False Coloured


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This print showcases the intricate beauty of a moth's compound eye, captured through a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The image reveals an array of colorful lenses, known as ommatidia, that make up the surface of this remarkable visual organ. Moths belong to the order Lepidoptera and are renowned for their enchanting patterns and delicate wings. However, it is their compound eyes that truly captivate scientists and nature enthusiasts alike. While a compound eye may not excel at discerning fine details like humans do, it possesses an extraordinary ability to detect even the tiniest movements in its surroundings. This evolutionary adaptation enables moths to navigate their environment with precision and respond swiftly to potential threats or opportunities. The vibrant colors showcased in this photograph add another layer of fascination to our understanding of these incredible creatures. By employing false coloring techniques, this SEM image brings forth the hidden complexity within nature's design. As we delve into the world of zoology and entomology through this mesmerizing snapshot, we gain insight into both the biological marvels found in insects such as moths and how they perceive their surroundings. It serves as a reminder that there is much more than meets the human eye when exploring wildlife photography – unveiling unseen wonders that continue to inspire scientific curiosity about our natural world.

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