If you’ve ever wondered how a beetle is swimming in the water or just sitting right on the surface, the answer is partly because its foot is infinitely more complicated than yours. As we have seen above, this microscopic image of a man Acilius sulcatus (beetle) by photographer Igor Siwanowicz reveals the extraordinary complexity of the tiny appendage of this aquatic insect.
These are just one of many examples of Siwanowicz’s work as a neurobiologist at the Janelia Farm Research Research Campus at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His brightly colored images show the tree-like structures of the moth’s antennae, the wild details of the barnacle’s legs, and the other world’s forms of plant spores. The photos are made with a confocal laser scanning microscope capable of “seeing” vast details beyond what you could capture with a traditional lens-based microscope. You can see a lot more of his natural photography here. (via synaptic stimuli, wired)
The extraordinary details of small creatures captured with a laser microscope by Igor Siwanowicz: