Under a low magnification of 57X, approximately twice that of PHIL 11794, this scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted the ventral abdominal surface of the larval staged antlion, sometimes referred to as a 'doodlebug', because of the trails it leaves in the soft sand as it hunts for prey. This arthropod, i.e., jointed legs, undergoes dramatic morphologic changes when it metamorphoses into a beautiful flying antlion lacewing.
CDC/ Paula Smith
December 4, 2012
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