No wonder why microscopic images of small creatures fascinate us so much. After all, through these registers we get to know with our own eyes worlds and creatures that seemed to exist only in our imagination.
All the images you see below were made with scanning electron microscopes (SEM).
The head of a maggot of a bluebottle fly (Protophormia sp.) with tiny teeth-like fangs extending from its mouth.
A cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) amongst cat hairs
A common housefly (Musca domestica). The head is dominated by a pair of large compound eyes, each eye composed of about 4000 image-forming facets called ommatidia
A house dust mite (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus). Millions of dust mites inhabit the home, feeding on shed skin cells
A meal (or flour) mite (Acarus siro). This species is a common pest of granaries, mills and kitchens, feeding particularly on grains and cereals
The head of a red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum). Red flour beetles are an agricultural pest that attack stored grain products such as flour, seeds, cereals, pasta, biscuits, beans, nuts etc.
A daddy-long-legs spider (Pholcus phalangioides). This spider preys on other spiders, injecting them with venom from its fangs (bottom centre)
The head of a human flea (Pulex irritans)
The head of a yellow dung fly (Scatophaga stercoraria)
The head of a Jumping Spider (family Salticidae)
The head of a tropical caterpillar (order Lepidoptera)
The underside of the head of a froghopper (superfamily Cercopoidea)
A dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis)
A common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) head
A wasp’s head (order Hymenoptera)
The head of a soldier turtle ant (Cephalotes sp.) from the Amazonian rainforest
The head of a honey bee (Apis sp.)