Automated Charting of the Visual Space of Housefly Compound Eyes

Mauricio Muñoz Arias*, John K. Douglass, Martin F. Wehling, Doekele Stavenga

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This paper describes the automatic measurement of the spatial organization of the visual axes of insect compound eyes, which consist of several thousands of visual units called ommatidia. Each ommatidium samples the optical information from a small solid angle, with an approximate Gaussian-distributed sensitivity (half-width on the order of 1˚) centered around a visual axis. Together, the ommatidia gather the visual information from a nearly panoramic field of view. The spatial distribution of the visual axes thus determines the eye's spatial resolution. Knowledge of the optical organization of a compound eye and its visual acuity is crucial for quantitative studies of neural processing of the visual information. Here we present an automated procedure for mapping a compound eye's visual axes, using an intrinsic, in vivo optical phenomenon, the pseudopupil, and the pupil mechanism of the photoreceptor cells. We outline the optomechanical setup for scanning insect eyes and use experimental results obtained from a housefly, Musca domestica, to illustrate the steps in the measurement procedure.
Originele taal-2English
Artikelnummere63643
Aantal pagina's17
TijdschriftJournal of visualized experiments : JoVE
Volume181
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StatusPublished - 31-mrt-2022

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