These are a handful of the winners from Nikon's annual photomicrography (microscope photography) competition. These are some shots of an embryonic black mastiff bat here, but I picked a couple of my other favorites and posted them after the jump. It's worth heading over to the Nikon site and checking out the whole gallery if you haven't already, as well as previous years'. It's weird how the ones I would have chosen to win are never number one. After all, I do fancy myself quite the art contest judge. "You just always pick the nude." Nuh-uh, sometimes there's even more than one. "Then it's the one with the biggest boobs." Shhhhhhhhhhh! Was it that noticeable?
Hit the jump for an ant carrying its larva in its mouth (shot at 5X), two baby spiders playing patty-cakes (6X), some coral sand (100X), and butterfly wing scales (75X).
Thanks to kaitlin, who was almost as disappointed as I was to see my "blurry grass and dirt clump" didn't even make honorable mention.