Acherontia atropos, Compound Eye
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Hawkmoth Eye – II

Acherontia atropos

Magnification: 45:1

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Huge compound eye of the big nocturnal Hawkmoth (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 eyes, we would require compound eyes reaching the size of our head. Some insect species, including moths, often possess eyes twice the size of their head.