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Ms. Scarlet

Ms. Scarlet

Genus: Dasymutilla 

Species: Gloriosa

The females are wingless and are covered in white hairs, this disguises them so that they look like seeds on a creosote bush (common bush in the southwestern deserts) protecting them from predators.

original SEM image

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original SEM image

This is the original scanning electron microscope (SEM) image before it was colorized.

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