Uncovering functional morphology of buff-tailed bumblebee ocelli using x-ray microtomography

Authors: Tobio Aarts (Lund University; University of Amsterdam) , Gavin Taylor (Lund University) , Emily Baird (Lund University)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Conference Paper
Conference: 3rd International Conference on Tomography of Materials and Structures
Peer Reviewed: No

State: Published (Approved)
Published: June 2017
Diamond Proposal Number(s): 13848 , 10336

Abstract: Using a combination of x-ray microtomography, optical measures, and virtual ray-tracing, the functional morphology of the ocelli of Bombus terrestris was characterised. Lateral and median ocelli of both workers and drones show an irregularly shaped, biconvex lens, separated by a small vitreous body from a horizontally stretched, ventrally bipartite retina. The field of view of the ocelli seems horizontally stretched, with a focussed view in the median portion.

Journal Keywords: Bombus terrestris; vision; x-ray microtomography; ray-tracing

Subject Areas: Biology and Bio-materials
Collaborations: Diamond Manchester

Instruments: I13-2-Diamond Manchester Imaging