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Beautiful eyes

Posted by wildwatertv on September 25, 2009

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If there was ever an insect beauty competition, this animal would probably win it.  It’s a lacewing (Chrysoperla carnea). The green lacewing is a common predator of aphids, so is considered a friend to gardeners, but what is most remarkable are the eyes.  They seem to be made from some kind of iridescent metal, but they are just the usual compound types.  The sheer perfection of these eyes is fascinating.  Taken through a microscope using polarized light.

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