Bluebottle fly tongue; + full head view.

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Bluebottle fly tongue; + full head view.

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EDIT: title was "What is this? Better image; 2nd image added."

A better image than the original that was a crop from a 20x objective + 2.5x relay lens. This one, a crop from a 60x obj + 2.5x relay lens.
Shows a bit more detail.
Hint: little circles are probably chemical receptors. ZS PMax stack.
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Bumped to top.
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No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
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Post by Planapo »

Hmm :-k ... does our student of entomology happen to have been doing some arachnological studies here?

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Post by lauriek »

Hmm no idea at all on this one! It's quite impressive for 150:1 though! (I might be tempted to colour tweak away that CA on the left hand 'thingy')

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Planapo wrote:Hmm :-k ... does our student of entomology happen to have been doing some arachnological studies here?
--Betty
No way.

lauriek: "I might be tempted to colour tweak away that CA on the left hand 'thingy'"
didn't seem relevant for the topic.
Possibly caused by a mis-match of equipment, A 60x CF N Plan Nikon on an Olympus BH2 with and Olympus NFK relay lens.
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student of entomology
Quote – Holmes on ‘Entomology’
” I suppose you are an entomologist ? “
” Not quite so ambitious as that, sir. I should like to put my eyes on the individual entitled to that name.
No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr
The Poet at the Breakfast Table.

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Post by Pau »

Hummm... entomology, chemical receptors....
May be the smaller branchs of a plumose antenna?
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Post by NikonUser »

OK, insect is correct but not antennae.
Time for another image clue; full frame from 40x + 2.5x relay lens:
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student of entomology
Quote – Holmes on ‘Entomology’
” I suppose you are an entomologist ? “
” Not quite so ambitious as that, sir. I should like to put my eyes on the individual entitled to that name.
No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr
The Poet at the Breakfast Table.

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Post by Cactusdave »

This looks like part of a fly 'tongue' (proboscis), though I'm not sure of the species. I think they are collecting ducts seen in section.
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Post by NikonUser »

Correct.
Actually a mount of the entire head; shows the ventral surface of the labella.
Photo is from a dorsal aspect but fortunately the labella tilted upwards so exposing the ventral surface. The channels are an upside down U, strengthening bars across the top and down the sides, open at bottom.
A deep mount in water, thus not as 'clear' as it could be if I had gone through alcohol steps and a clearing agent. Difficulty with such dehydration and clearing is the diffusion currents often collapse delicate structures.

A common bluebottle fly.

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student of entomology
Quote – Holmes on ‘Entomology’
” I suppose you are an entomologist ? “
” Not quite so ambitious as that, sir. I should like to put my eyes on the individual entitled to that name.
No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr
The Poet at the Breakfast Table.

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You people continue to amaze me. Very well done. I love the quality. CheerS!

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Post by NikonUser »

I have expanded this theme in an article in the most recent Micscape magazine; Metallic Flies . . . . .
HERE
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student of entomology
Quote – Holmes on ‘Entomology’
” I suppose you are an entomologist ? “
” Not quite so ambitious as that, sir. I should like to put my eyes on the individual entitled to that name.
No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr
The Poet at the Breakfast Table.

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Post by ChrisR »

Astonishing stuff - again. :shock:
Can I guess where you're going next? What can you see of the sensory pits I assume are to be found by stronger glass than mine on the antennae?

I don't suppose you did a 3D of that labella pad? :smt110

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Post by NikonUser »

Thanks Chris.
No 3D, I can't get my brain to see those.

Those sensory pits (if that's what they are) would need a scanning electon microscope to see anything useful.
Next project are close-ups of the setae, spiracles and tarsal pads of these flies; unless you beat me to it with your vicina.
NU.
student of entomology
Quote – Holmes on ‘Entomology’
” I suppose you are an entomologist ? “
” Not quite so ambitious as that, sir. I should like to put my eyes on the individual entitled to that name.
No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr
The Poet at the Breakfast Table.

Nikon camera, lenses and objectives
Olympus microscope and objectives

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