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Magnified 211X, 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. Note the sensorial hairs, or setae, on the exoskeletal surface of both the antenna and leg. These hairs are sensitive to changes in the organism's environment, including changes in temperature, wind speed and direction, chemical variations, and changes to the physical make-up of its surroundings.
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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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