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Carpet Beetle Scales, Setae Under the Microscope

Carpet Beetle Scales, Setae

The scales on the carapace of the adult carpet beetle are cone-shaped and are of three different pigments. One is black; one is yellow and highly light scattering, and one is colorless.

Transmitted Off Crossed Circular Polarized Light and Reflected Darkfield Illumination


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Ebeling, Walter, URBAN ENTOMOLOGY, University of California Division of Agricultural Sciences, pp.310-313, 1975.