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15 Incredible Images of Bugs Up Close

Jamie Frater

Scanning Electron Microscopy or SEM is a technique of photographing objects normally too small to see with the naked eye. The ability of these microscopes to get so close to otherwise hidden things makes for some surreal images. FEI is a company that manufactures Electron Microscopes and they have, for the last few years, run a regular competition for the best SEM photos. Below I have selected 15 of what I consider to be the best out of the hundreds sent in each year. To browse through the complete collection (which includes not just insects or coloured photos) check out the FEI Flickr page.

15

Bluebottle Maggot

14

Caterpillar

13

Dog Flea

12

Wasp Head

11

Bed Bug

10

Aphid on a Leaf

9

Gecko Leg

8

Parasitic Mite on a Mosquito

7

Moth Head

6

Spider Head

5

Marine Worm

4

Bee Head

3

Caterpillar

2

Embryonic Zebrafish

1

Mosquito Eyes

Jamie Frater

Jamie is the founder of Listverse. He spends his time working on the site, doing research for new lists, and cooking. He is fascinated with all things morbid and bizarre.

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