Millions of terrifying looking dust mites dwell in our houses -- and cause severe allergic reactions in many people.
No mere earthworm -- but no dragon either --these worms are deep sea creatures, almost as small as bacteria, that are largely found near hydrothermal vents in the ocean.
The Orchestia gammarella -- more commonly called a sand hopper -- magnified 10x.
The detailed mouthparts of a caterpillar, showing the sensory organs on the tip of one maxillary palpus.
A young bivalve mollusc -- the class including such critters as mussels -- looks distinctly different when blown up 10x.
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of man? With compound eye and antenna like this -- blown up 40x -- perhaps the wasp does.
You don't want them in your bed -- and you don't want to get a close up glimpse of them either.
Blown up 10x, the common brine shrimp looks like some kind of space monster.
Some infant sea creatures are cute. Some, like the larva of Sergestes (a deep-water crustacean) grow kind of creepy when see magnified 30x.
Trichoptera Odontocerum -- or simply the albicorne -- are little critters that live in the gravelly, sandy beds of rivers. And seen magnified 10x, they're startling.
Even the tiniest critters -- like this little insect, the simply adorable Notonecta Glauca -- seem capable of swooping one away when blown up 100x.
Daphnia pulex -- the common water flea -- lives, oh, in pretty much every lake out there. And seen at 10x, they're arresting.
This aquatic larva is clearly some kind of alien creature, when magnified 25x.
Weevils are super common beetles that hang out -- oh, pretty much everywhere. Up close, however, this Rhinostomus barbirostris Fabricius is fairly freaky.
When viewed up close beneath the unblinking eye of the microscope, the tiniest mites and most harmless of insects become terrifying beasts to haunt your dreams.