A microscopic survey of the ultimate arthropod machine

By Wim van Egmond

click the image to enlarge this Blowfly 

  Most people don't realise what they do when they smash a fly to pieces against the wall. They think it is an annoying little critter and they are right. But they often don't know what they destroy. The fly is a masterpiece of evolutionary design.

Next time when you see a fly hovering around your room try to catch it. With a good hand lens there are many features to explore. When observed with a microscope the true marvel of the 'ultimate machine' is seen.

 
The following pages will show you why the fly is such a special creature. Apart from a portrait of it's intriguing head you can see many interesting features in three dimensions. The images should be observed with red and blue anaglyph glasses.

Eyes

Feet

Mouth

Antennae

Wings

Breathing

Links to other fly and insect sites

 

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More 3D microscopy in The Institute for the Promotion of the Less than One Millimetre

All Material Copyright: Wim van Egmond

 

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