Paper Wasp...question.

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Those are called "ocelli"; they are (typically three) simple eyes found in many arthropod species, as opposed to their laterally located compound eyes. The better to see you with.
 
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Those are called "ocelli"; they are (typically three) simple eyes found in many arthropod species, as opposed to their laterally located compound eyes. The better to see you with.
Thank you, Charlie! I knew someone here would have the answer! Part of their targeting system, no doubt! I had been thinking they were perhaps part of the wasp's breathing system...but that's in the abdomen, right? ;)
 
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Thank you, Charlie! I knew someone here would have the answer! Part of their targeting system, no doubt! I had been thinking they were perhaps part of the wasp's breathing system...but that's in the abdomen, right? ;)

Ya, spiracles (little holes with attached tubes called trachea) along the abdomen allow for diffusion of O2. This is about the time I'd tell my students that there will be a quiz next week.... :~)
 
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