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Rights: Liz Girvan Published 29 February 2012 Size: 270 KB

Microscopes increase the amount of detail we can see. When an earwig is viewed with the naked eye, hairs on its abdomen are scarcely visible. At 30x magnification on a scanning electron microscope (left), individual hairs can be distinguished, and at 600x (right), you can see differences in the length and shape of individual hairs.