Beetle on rubber soles

by Jan Michels

Postdoc

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Germany

This micrograph shows an adhesive pad of a ladybird beetle. Specific bristles, visible in the lower part of the micrograph, enable this beetle to cling to surfaces. Due to high concentrations of a soft and elastic protein in their tips (indicated by the blue colour) the bristles can efficiently adapt to uneven substrates.
In my opinion this micrograph is fascinating because it nicely shows an impressive example of perfectly adapted biological microstructures developed as a result of evolution.



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