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Description:Under a very low magnification of only 21X, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicted some of the anatomical morphology found at a point on an unidentified hornet where its chitinous abdominal exoskeletal plates were seen overlapping proximally to its distal tip. This hornet was found in the suburbs of Decatur, Georgia.
This hornet was a member of the Phylum Arthropoda, i.e., Arthro = jointed, and poda = legs, and the class Insecta, for it possessed three pairs of these jointed extremities. Note the hair-like “setae”, seen here adorning the insect’s tarsal leg segments, which provided the hornet with data indicative of changes encountered in its environment such as chemical, thermal, and tactile queues.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Janice Haney Carr
Creation Date:2007
Photo Credit:Janice Haney Carr
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