Adhesive Hairs on Dock Beetle Footpad Image 4
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Adhesive Hairs on Dock Beetle Footpad (Image 4)

June 26, 2012
A high-magnification image taken using a scanning electron microscope showing a close up of the pointed adhesive hairs found on the footpad of the dock beetle (Gastrophysa viridula). The feet of green dock beetles are covered with thousands of these tiny adhesive hairs, each no wider than 5 microns (1/200th of a millimetre) across, that allow the beetle to climb, even over molecularly smooth substrates. (Date of Image: 2006-2011) [Image 4 of 4 related images. Back to Image 1.] Credit: James Bullock, University of Cambridge

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