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The Secrets of Insects' Legs

Why are bodies made the way they are?

The process of evolution means that animals' bodies change very slowly over time.
We're going to use an electron microscope to take a look at insects' bodies and discover their secrets.
Using the electron microscope, we can see the differences between different insects' legs, and we can understand how their shape depends on where and how the insects live.

Let's take a look at some insects' legs!

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  • Butterfly
  • Housefly
  • Grasshopper
  • Dragonfly
The insects' legs may look similar in these pictures — so what are the differences between them?