Midge Compound Eye
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Compound Eye – V

Chironomidae

Magnification: 3’000:1

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Compound eye of a Midge. Insects possess compound eyes consisting of hundreds of rounded single lenses. Because the individual lenses are so small, the effects of diffraction impose a limit on the possible resolution that can be obtained (assuming that they do not function as phased arrays). This can only be countered by increasing lens size and number. To see with a resolution comparable to our simple eyes, humans would require compound eyes which would each reach the size of their heads – and this is exactly what you can observe in insects that rely on a highly developed visual system (e.g. Butterflies, Dragonflies, Flies, or Midges).