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Under a magnification of 361X, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicted some of the morphologic details found on the exoskeletal surface of an unidentified hornet discovered in the suburbs of Decatur, Georgia. In this particular view, we see a the numerous sensorial hairs, or setae, which adorned almost the entire exterior, providing the hornet with data indicative of changes encountered in its environment such as chemical, thermal, and tactile queues. These setae are composed of chitin, like the rest of its exoskeleton, and its adnexae.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Janice Haney Carr
Creation Date:2007
Photo Credit:Janice Haney Carr
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