Eye of a Cerambyx : 2012

Photograph by

Viktor Sykora

About this image

Coloured scanning electron micrograph of the eye of a beetle of the genus Cerambyx. The lenses of the compound eye is at lower right, at upper left are hairs that surround and protect the eye. Cerambyx is one genus of the Capricorn beetles, or Cerambycidae, so called because their antennae are long and curled and reminiscent of the horns of the Alpine Ibex. The genus contains about 30 species, the most common of which is Cerambyx cerdo. This image was created in monochrome then later digitally colourised. First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic