Out Of This World!: Microscoped Insect Eggs

September 2, 2010


In photo: Julia heliconian butterfly egg, top, zebra longwing butterfly egg, bottom.

In other impressive photographic news, these are insect eggs as photographed using a scanning electron microscope. Ooh ooh -- do the stuff under my fingernails next. I've always wanted to see magnified Cheeto dust and penis cells!

The eggs in this story range in diameter from 0.7 to 2 millimeters.

'The scanning process is actually quite interesting. It is not the same as photography where if you capture an image where all pixels will be captured at the time.

'In scanning you have to capture one pixel at a time.'

The images were made with a scanning electron microscope, which uses beams of electrons to trace the surfaces of objects.

The resulting black-and-white images were then colored to reflect the eggs' natural appearance.

Each image takes about a day to fix into position and then another day to microscope and then about 40 hours to colour.

Impressive work. I used to love looking at things under the microscope in college. And not just weed either, although all those crystals are mesmerizing when you're high. Just sayin', I did petition for an honorary botany doctorate for my thesis, "Holy shit, this weed looks so f***ing crazy under a microscope."

One more of a blue morpho butterfly egg after the jump.


Revealed: The startling images of insect eggs under a powerful microscope [dailymail]

Thanks to Rob, who tried looking at hair under a microscope but was grossed out when he saw things crawling around on it. That's why you don't use hair from the dorm's shower-drain hair, Rob.

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