Small Fly


While studying outside at Encina Commons, a small fly kept hovering over my computer so I decided to catch it and take a look at my first animal organism under the microscope. I was careful not to crush it too much, and laid it out flat on the glass side with its back and wings facing up toward the lens. When I first looked at the fly, I noticed that a lot of scales had fallen off of it in the sides, and they were probably dislodged when I was adjusting the glass slide. I was also surprised at how well I could see each body part, from the head and antennae to the body and wings to the legs. The first image I took was of the head. The head is a dark shade of brown like the body, and there are two large and black compound eyes. The antennae were surprisingly large compared to the rest of the body, and they start out thick, get thinner in the middle, and get thicker at the ends with a brush like shape at the tip. The second picture shows a part of the wing, which has a dark brown center and hairs on either side, giving it the appearance of a feather. In the third image, there are some scales that have fallen off the fly, as well as the end of the antennae. I did not include images of the middle of the body, because the thickness of the body made the image very dark brown, and not much details could be observed. Overall, it was very interesting to observe all the different shapes and textures of the fly, from the feathery, hair like extensions of the wing to the smooth and dark compound eyes. If I were to observe the fly at a higher magnification, I would be curious to observe the different types of cells in its body.


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