Acherontia atropos, Compound Eye
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Hawkmoth Eye – I

Acherontia atropos

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Compound eye of a big nocturnal moth (Acherontia atropos). The number of single lenses (ommatidia, singular: ommatidium) rather than ganglia (nerve cells) reflects the region of highest data acquisition. To see with a resolution comparable to our simple eyes, humans would require compound eyes which would each reach the size of their heads. Insect species, including moths, often possess eyes that measure twice the size of their head.