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Ambush Bug Spines

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Created 01/27/2009

SEM image of tarsal spines on the forelimbs of an ambush bug (Insecta: Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Phymatidae). The terminal segments of the forelimbs are adapted to enable the ambush bug to seize and hold its insect prey. This image was collected as part of a Bugscope (bugscope.beckman.uiuc.edu) session with Laurie Smaha's Fifth Grade Class in the Park Ridge Illinois School District.

Credits

  • Cate Wallace , ITG, Beckman Institute
  • Pat Jasinowksi , Washington Elementary School, Park Ridge, Illinois
  • Laurie Smaha , Washington Elementary School, Park Ridge, Illinois
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