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.|
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Published in the February 1999 edition of Micscape Magazine.
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