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Magnified 250x, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicted some of the ultrastructural features displayed on the surface of an eastern carpenter bee, Xylocopa virginica, head. This view featured a close-up perspective of one of the segments of the bee's two antennae known as the scape. Each antenna is composed of three regions: the pedicel attaches the antenna to the head, the scape, which connects the pedicel to the third region, or flagellum, which is usually composed of a number of sections. The feathery structures known as setae, and along with the antennae, are highly sensorial in nature, and transmit changes in the bee's environment such as fluctuations in temperature, chemistry, and wind speed and direction.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Janice Haney Carr, Oren Mayer
Creation Date:2006
Photo Credit:Janice Haney Carr
CDC Organization
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