Black Beetle


Shown below is a black beetle obtained from a sample of dirt in class. The sample was prepared by capturing the beetle with tweezers, killing it, dissecting it, and crushing it onto a slide.

When taking a closer look at this creepy crawler, we only reveal that it is more disgusting under a microscope. The beetle, although appearing black by the naked human eye, appears brown under the microscope as light shines through its exoskeleton. The tiny hairs and fibers of the beetle’s antenna and pincers, which help with its everyday mobility and survival, were also observed and shown below.

The black beetle obtained
A closer look at the beetle’s antenna
A closer look at the beetle’s pincers


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