According to the valid legislation, insects are classified as novel foods, and they have already appeared on the market as a part of some products or individually. A number of methods are used to verify food authenticity, and microscopy is one such possibility. Microscopic methods work based on visual-image evaluation, so they can be a suitable method for identifying insects in food. The necessary prerequisite for proper identification is knowledge of the structures found in the insect body and the capability to compare them with other structures that are a common food component. The aim of this work was to describe the characteristic structure of the cuticle of the mealworm(Tenebrio molitor). The anatomical-morphological structure and the main features of this insect were studied using light microscopy (LM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM).
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