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Creepy Crawlies, Under the Microscope
Some folks try their hardest to avoid creepy critters. Not scientists. Under the microscope, bugs and insects get bigger, brighter and in some cases, even a little more scary. Click with caution.

Albicorne Larvae

Over the years, winners of the Nikon Small World photomicrography competition have taken eye-opening -- and slightly spine-tingling -- images of the creepy crawly creatures most people try their hardest to avoid. 

Under the microscope, bugs and insects bear little or no resemblance to how we traditionally see them – getting an extreme makeover that makes them bigger, brighter and in some cases, even a little more scary. This gallery of images shows these tiny organisms as you’ve never seen them before. Click with caution.

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Thrips

Image of Distinction, 2008
James Hayden,
The Wistar Institute
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Thrips (40x)
Fluorescence

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Fruit Fly Wings

Image of Distinction, 2008
Albert Tousson,
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Isolated fruit fly wings (25x)
Fluorescence

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Creepy Crawlies, Under the Microscope

Some folks try their hardest to avoid creepy critters. Not scientists. Under the microscope, bugs and insects get bigger, brighter and in some cases, even a little more scary. Click with caution.

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