Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Microscopic World Around Us

A wood or heathland Ant, Formica fusca, holding a microchip
The surface of an Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory silicon microchip
Eyelash hairs growing from the surface of human skin
The surface of a strawberry

Bacteria on the surface of a human tongue
Human sperm (spermatozoa), the male sex cells
The nylon hooks and loops of velcro
Household dust which includes long hairs such as cat fur, twisted synthetic and woolen fibers, serrated insect scales, a pollen grain, plant and insect remains

The weave of a nylon stocking
The end of the tongue (proboscis) of a hummingbird hawkmoth
The head of a mosquito

A human head louse clinging to a hair
The eight eyes (two groups of four) on the head of a Mexican red-kneed tarantula
Cut hairs and shaving foam between two razor blades
Cigarette paper
The corroded surface of a rusty metal nail

The head of a Romanesco cauliflower
The fungus Aspergillus fumigatus
Mushrooms spores
A clutch of unidentified butterfly eggs on a raspberry plant


  1. I just today received this in an e-mail. Done with an electron microscope. Quite interesting look into the microscopic world!