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Compound Eye

Compound Eyes of a Carpenter Bee
Compound Eyes of a Carpenter Bee

A Compound Eye is an eye that is divided into separate compartments, each with its own set of lenses. The number of compartments they contain varies from a few dozen to thousands.

Compared with simple eyes, compound eyes have a very large view angle, can detect fast movement and in some cases, the polarization of light.

Compound eyes are common in arthropods and they can also be found in annelids and some bi-valved molluscs.

Also see:
Simple Eye


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