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Under a magnification of 1559X, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image revealed some interesting morphologic shapes exhibited by the microscopic debris that was attached to the exoskeletal surface of an unidentified insect. These particulates were predominantly composed of vegetative matter such as pollen granules, fungal gametes, and disintegrated plant tissues. Also, note the sensorial hair, known as a seta, in the lower right field of view. Setae are not really hairs, but extensions of the exoskeletal exterior, and are composed of the same material, known as chitin.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Janice Haney Carr
Creation Date:2005
Photo Credit:Janice Haney Carr
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