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Garden centipede, SEM

Garden centipede. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a garden centipede (Lithobius sp.). A centipedes body is divided into segments, each containing a pair of legs. The number of segments varies from 12 to over 100. The legs present on the first trunk segment (upper centre) terminate in a pointed claw which contains poison glands. The centipede uses these claws to seize and kill its prey. Lithobius centipedes are ground-dwelling hunters normally found under stones. They are blind and locate their prey by touch, using their long, sensitive antennae (foreground). Magnification: x7 at 5x7 cm size. Magnification: x17 at 5x6ins size

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Antenna Centipede Garden Chilopoda


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This print showcases the intricate details of a garden centipede, captured through a coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The image reveals the segmented body of the centipede, with each segment housing a pair of legs. Ranging from 12 to over 100 segments, this particular species belongs to the Lithobius genus. The upper centre of the photograph highlights the first trunk segment, where we can observe legs terminating in pointed claws. These claws are equipped with poison glands that aid in capturing and killing prey. Garden centipedes like these are ground-dwelling hunters commonly found beneath stones in their natural habitat. What makes these creatures even more fascinating is their blindness; they rely on touch to locate their prey. In the foreground, you can see their long and sensitive antennae which play a crucial role in sensing their surroundings. With magnification at x7 for a 5x7 cm size print and x17 for a 5x6ins size print, this SEM image allows us to appreciate nature's intricacies up close. This stunning portrayal not only appeals to animal enthusiasts but also serves as an educational tool for those interested in zoology and wildlife studies.

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