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Compound Eye (Image)

compound eye
The compound eye of an insect involves many small lenses that focus on many small retinas.

fly eye
Here is a drawing of a fly with the classic compound eye.

compound versus simple eye
The downside of the compound eye is poor resolution. To gain the same acuity of the human eye, a compound eye would have to be very large.

These images were pulled from our Comparative Eye Anatomy Lecture. If you’d like to learn more about insect and animal eyes, you might want to watch it.

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