Peacock mite A micrograph of a peacock mite (Tuckerella sp.) on a tea stem, taken by a low-temperature scanning electron microscope at 260X magnification. The peacock mites, an important pest on citrus in the tropics, are so named because of the elaborate ornamentations adorning the dorsal surface of their bodies. They possess five to seven pairs of whip-like setae which are used to defend themselves against predators. They may also help in wind-borne dispersal.
Ferocious Water Bug with Eggs
Project Noah is a tool that nature lovers can use to explore and document local wildlife and a common technology platform that research groups can use to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.
Rendering the Unseen | Workprints
Photographers David & Madeleine Spears just published a book entitled Unseen Companions: Big Views of Tiny Creatures. The pages are filled with
Dust mite, SEM - Stock Image - C011/6054
Dust mite. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a dust mite (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus) resting on dust particles.
Fractals, Parasites and 3-D Reconstructions: 18 Startling Science Images
Czech "Science Is Beautiful" photo and illustration competition explores the wondrous worlds discovered via scientific investigation
The Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) image is of the head of a Dust Mite. It was imaged under a FEI Quanta 200F Scanning Electron Microscope, under low vacuum conditions. Using a tilt angle of 65 degrees enhanced the full structure of the Mite. A high-resolution digital image was captured, imported into Photoshop and was artistically coloured by Ms Annie Cavanagh Courtesy of David McCarthy Image Details Instrument used: Quanta Family Magnification: 520x Horizontal Field Width: 574 um…
Organic Dust Mite Repellents
Organic Dust Mite Repellents. According to the National Institutes of Health, microscopic dust mites and their wastes are among the most potent human allergens. (See Reference 1) When inhaled, they cause the familiar sneezes, full sinuses, and itchy, watery eyes that allergy sufferers know all too well. While ...
Micro-rock-pooling in Winter.
It's too cold in winter to spend a lot of time paddling around in rock pools but you can always take a few samples of seaweed home on a jar of seawater and have a look at the smaller inhabitants under the microscope. These two, each about a millimetre long, were in a sample of Corallina officinalis seaweed. The upper specimen is an unusually bristly acarine mite, found clambering through the seaweed fronds. You can see more acarine mites by clicking here. This is a minute flatworm, with two…
An electron microscope that won't destroy living cells
MIT researchers have proposed a new quantum electron microscope using a mechanical measurement technique that uses electrons to sense objects without ever hitting them, thus avoiding damaging a living sample.