SEM Micro-Moth Wockia chewbacca

SEM Micro-Moth Wockia chewbacca

This image of an SEM of the micro-moth Wockia chewbacca was selected to the scientific photography competition Image Lab, and an exhibition at the Belém Cultural Center. This scanning electron microscope image (illustrated and published before) was colorized and enhanced. The label in the exhibit read “Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to a new insect: Wockia chewbacca. This is the caterpillar of a Mexican micro-moth named after the Star Wars character. The unusual body projections and hairs had never been seen before and the studies conducted at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History found no explanation for their existence. In the head, less than 3mm wide, we find (from top to bottom) 12 eyes (in red), the antennae and the spinneret that produces the silk in the cocoon”.

Media: digitally enhanced scanning electron microscope photography