Under a relatively-low magnification of 176x, this scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted a view of the exoskeletal structures found upon the body of an unidentified insect, discovered on the grounds of the Decatur, Georgia suburbs. The exoskeleton, as well as its adnexal structures, including wing scales, sensorial hairs, and antennae are composed of chitin, which is a very hard, linear homopolymer that as a result, is very protective, supportive, and durable.
CDC/ Janice Carr
December 2, 2012
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