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Magnified 105X, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicted some of the morphologic details found at the distal end of an eastern carpenter bee, Xylocopa virginica leg. Note the configuration of what is known as the tarsal claw, used by the bee to grasp objects in its environment, while obtaining food, or tunneling a nest. The hairs on the bee's leg are composed of chitin. These hairs are sensorial, as well as protective, both insulating the bee from thermal changes in its environment, and possible physical assaults.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Janice Haney Carr, Oren Mayer
Creation Date:2006
Photo Credit:Janice Haney Carr
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