Striking picture shortlisted for 'Images with Impact' competition

Posted by er134 at Oct 16, 2014 02:50 PM |
Leicester Biologist's locust wing image included in BBSRC’s image competition

Dr Tom Matheson of our Department of Biology is among those whose images have been shortlisted for the BBSRC Images with Impact competition

As part of his BBSRC-funded research into the neuromechanical control of aimed limb movements, Dr Matheson's team analysed the development and functions of touch-sensitive hairs on the wings of locusts. Stimulation of these tiny hairs signals the 'target' at which the locust aims a movement of its hind leg.

The image (pictured) shows dark pigmented patches and an intricate tracery of wing veins on the adult forewing form an intriguing pattern in this low power view lit by oblique blue light.

The shortlist has been selected by an esteemed panel of judges. Now the public get their say and can vote for the category winners and runners up here.

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