Under a moderately-high magnification of 455X, approximately four times that of PHIL 11796, this scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted the ventral caudal 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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