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Magnified 233X, this scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image revealed some of the morphologic features encountered on the ventral surface of a male eastern carpenter bee's, Xylocopa virginica, abdomen. The body of X. virginica is covered by a coating of sensorial hairs, known as setae. The material from which these structures are constructed is known as chitin, and is the same proteinaceous material that created its tough exoskeleton. These setae, as well as the bee’s 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
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