|Description:||Magnified 998x, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicted some of the ultrastructural morphologic features displayed on the surface of one of a carpenter bee's, Xylocopa virginica two antennae. This particular bee was found deceased on the grounds of the Decatur, Georgia suburbs, an area where these insects are quite common. Carpenter bees can be quite a nuisance, for they are well known as wood-borers, and can create many unsightly holes in a home's wooden components.|
This was an enlarged view of the antennal region known as the "scape", which is the second antennal segment, i.e., in a proximal to distal count, that attaches the first segment, or "pedicel", to the third, multi-segmented region known as the "flagellum". Note the faceted texture of the firm chitinous exoskeletal surface, from which a single sensorial spike projected. The bee's surface was covered by a smattering of debris it had picked up from its environment, the vast majority of which was composed of pollen grains, and other vegetative matter.