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Strange antenna

Observed: 28th October 2011 By: Mark at MagdalenMark at Magdalen’s reputation in InvertebratesMark at Magdalen’s reputation in InvertebratesMark at Magdalen’s reputation in InvertebratesMark at Magdalen’s reputation in Invertebrates
Lacewing
Description:

I wonder if this lacewing has a genetic abnormality which has lead to one of the segments of its left antenna giving rise to foot complete with claws?

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Martincito's picture

What an amazing photo!

Cat L's picture

That is a brilliant photo,

That is a brilliant photo, what camera did you use?

Sarah West's picture

Wow!

Stunning photo. It is probably caused by a genetic mutation. What amazes me about genes is that there is so much that can go wrong, it's amazing that most things end up so "normal".

Sarah West
www.OPALexplorenature.org
OPAL Community Scientist
Yorkshire and Humber

Mark at Magdalen's picture

Thanks for the comments. The

Thanks for the comments. The photo was taken with quite a specialist lens (a Canon Macro Photo MP-E 65mm) but it is possible to get the same sort of result using a reversing ring.

Dioctria's picture

Superb photo!Are you sure

Superb photo!

Are you sure the foot is attached? I wondered if it might be a fragment caught on the antenna by their opposite facing hairs interlocking?

If you had to capture the subject to shoot in more controlled conditions it might be a possibility. The form, segmentation, hairs, etc. of the antenna appear entirely normal next to the foot.

David

Mark at Magdalen's picture

Photo is of a free insect

Photo is of a free insect taken with flash but I’m not at all sure it isn’t just a bit of leg attached to the antenna. I only really noticed it after the photo was taken. My reason for putting the photo on iSpot was to seek the opinions of others and to see if this was a known aberration. I must admit the hairs on the leg look thicker and more widely spaced than on the antenna, so you may well be right.

allrounder's picture

Great

Photo Mark.
Gary

Please see my Flickr photo's www.flickr.com/photos/129804972@N07/

Martincito's picture

Presumably you checked the

Presumably you checked the ends of its legs for a full complement of "normal" feet?