At a low magnification of only 22X, i.e., half that of PHIL 9929, this scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted some of the morphologic exoskeletal features located on the head region of an adult 'figeater' beetle, Cotinis mutabilis. Sometimes referred to as a 'junebug, this insect is a member of the taxonomic family, Scarabaeidae, or dung beetles.Equipped with 'lamellate' type antennae, the distal three sensorial segments have been folded over one another, which can be seen here in this image. This morphology is typically found in members of the family Scarabaeidae.The antennae provide the insect with data indicative of changes encountered in its environment such as chemical, thermal, and tactile queues. This beetle was found in the Decatur, Georgia suburbs.
December 4, 2012
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