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2012 Wellcome Image Awards: Moth Fly (9/16)

06/21/2012
Andrew S. Wiecek

This false-coloured scanning electron micrograph shows a moth fly (Psychodidae), also known as a drain fly.

Moth fly (Psychodidae)
Kevin Mackenzie, University of Aberdeen

This false-coloured scanning electron micrograph shows a moth fly (Psychodidae), also known as a drain fly. As its name suggests, the fly's larvae commonly live and grow in domestic drains; the adult fly emerges near sinks, baths and lavatories. The moth flies' bodies and wings are covered in hairs, which gives them a 'fuzzy', moth-like appearance. The fly is 4-5 mm long, and each eye is approximately 100 microns wide.

 

 

Keywords:  microscopy