Jul 8, 2009
Wretched beasts moving about very nimbly
This is what Anton van Leeuwenhoek said about the creatures he saw in his 1670s microscope. The “Father of Microbiology” made over 400 different types of microscopes and discovered bacteria and spermatozoa, among other things…. among many, many other things. All these “beasts” live in enchanting world and can sometimes look very cute, and photographers keep discovering new angles and frontiers of their microcosm.
The “Fairy Fly” wasp (left) and some iridescent part of the aptly-named “Jewel Beetle”:
Left: Live Daphnia… and the portrait of a fly (with a swanky hairdo):
Larva of Brachiolaria looks like a wannabe squid:
Peeking inside the wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)
The eye of the honeybee (left). And the flatworm on the right seems to have a face. Pretty morose kind of face
Soap bubbles on the left look somewhat like Mandelbrot set, and Actinoptychus heliopelta on the right looks remarkably like a mandala:
The antibiotic powder mitomycin – “viewed through polarizing filters, the drug gave off colors that reveal its complex crystal structure.”
A Chick Embryo:
Images of Pollen
Rippel Electron Microscope Facility shows images of Ipomea purpurea (Heavenly blue morning glory) pollen including three-dimensional ones.
Microscopic frost accumulating on a blade of grass
Life under microscope can be daunting… so some microbes start singing the blues: