scanning electron microscope images of insects spiders and creepy crawlies

Micro Monsters: scanning electron microscope images of insects, spiders and creepy crawlies




Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a single dust mite among skin scales in housedust

They may look like monsters from a horror film, but these tiny creatures inhabit our homes, clothes and even our bodies. A new book, 'Micro Monsters', showcases some of the planet's most horrible insects and microscopic beasts. British author and trained zoologist, Tom Jackson, spent three months compiling the images in the book. Scientists coated the tiny creatures in gold, froze them in liquid nitrogen and fired a beam of electrons at the subjects from a scanning electron microscope to reveal the incredible detail

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a single dust mite among skin scales in housedust

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a human head louse with an egg

"I wanted to get together all the most gruesome and beastly pictures I could," said 38 year-old Tom from Bristol. "This book shows children everything that's around them at home, the garden and the playground."

A human head louse with an egg

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a brown ant biting a blade of grass

"The pictures I'm most pleased with are the close-up portraits of insects that show the intricate details of their eyes, mandibles and even the hairs on their heads," said Tom

A brown ant biting a blade of grass

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a maggot head

"I've tested the book out on my son Ned and it hasn't given him any bad dreams, in fact he loves it. In particular Ned likes like the nasty worms."

A maggot head

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an earwig on a leaf

In scanning electron microscopy, a beam of electrons is fired at the subjects. Electrons have shorter wavelengths than lights waves so smaller objects can be captured.

An earwig on a leaf

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a European hornet

Micro Monsters is shortly to be launched in the UK by Amber Books

A European hornet

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a daddy long legs

A daddy long legs

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of two water bears (or tardigrades, microscopic, water-dwelling creatures)

Two water bears (or tardigrades, microscopic, water-dwelling creatures

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a pill woodlouse

A pill woodlouse

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a grain weevil

A grain weevil

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a stable fly

A stable fly

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a fruit fly

A fruit fly

...A coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a female Lucilia blowfly laying her eggs. Author and trained zoologist, Tom Jackson spent three months compiling the 3D pictures. Using scanning electron microscopy, he coated them in gold and deep froze them in liquid nitrogen before firing a beam of electrons at the subjects. Micro Monsters is shortly to be launched in the UK by Amber Books

A female Lucilia blowfly laying her eggs

A coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a female yellow fever mosquito. A new book shows in intricate detail the mini-beasts that inhabit our homes, clothes and even our bodies. Micro Monsters features over 80 of the world's most horrible insects and microscopic beasts with full-colour annotated photographs, lively accompanying texts and facts and figures...

A female yellow fever mosquito

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a tsetse fly

A tsetse fly

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an aphid (Greenfly) feeding on a leaf

An aphid (Greenfly) feeding on a leaf

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a bluebottle fly

A bluebottle fly

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a yellow dung fly

A yellow dung fly

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a long-horned beetle

A long-horned beetle

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a hover fly

A hover fly

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