SEM images from minuscule to tiny animals

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A micrograph from a wing of Bombyx mori, the lightweight structure is visible.

Butterfly Wing Scale

Section through a scale of a butterfly. These scales are hollow. Scanning Electron Microscope, 32000:1 (when 15cms wide)

Bruch durch die Schuppe eines Schmetterlings. Die Schuppen sind innen hohl. Raster-Elektronenmikroskop, 32000:1 (bei 15cm Bildbreite)

Scanning electron micrograph from a Wasp (Ampulex compressa), in side view eye, antenna, and outer mouth parts are visible.

Jewel Wasp

The emerald cockroach wasp or jewel wasp (Ampulex compressa) is a solitary wasp laying its eggs on cockroaches. Scanning Electron Microscope, 25:1 (when 15cms wide)

Juwelwespe (Ampulex compressa), eine parasitär lebende Grabwespe, die ihre Eier auf Kakerlaken ablegt. Raster-Elektronenmikroskop, 25:1 (bei 15cm Bildbreite)

A SEM picture which shows a Ciliophora (colored in  blue) capturing a Paramecium (colored in green)

Predator- Ciliate

Didinium, a genus of ciliate mostly found in fresh and brackish water, attacking a paramecium ciliate. Scanning Electron Microscope, 730:1 (when 15cms wide)

Der Süsswasser-Einzeller Didinium beim Verzehr eines Paramecium (Pantoffeltierchen). Raster-Elektronenmikroskop, 730:1 (bei 15cm Bildbreite)

The  SEM image shows a common dustmite inbetween parts of dust and danders.

Dust Mite

Dermatophagoides house dust mite between skin scales. Scanning Electron Microscope, 400:1 (when 15cms wide)

Dermatophagoides Hausstaubmilbe zwischen Hautschuppen. Raster-Elektronenmikroskop, 400:1 (bei 15cm Bildbreite)

A closer look with the Scanning electron microscope shows the tiny hairs on the skin of a red velvet mite

Skin of a Mite

Skin of the red mite Trombidium holosericeum. Scanning Electron Microscope, 1000:1 (when 15cms wide)

Haut der Roten Samtmilbe (Trombidium holosericeum). Raster-Elektronenmikroskop, 1000:1 (bei 15cm Bildbreite)

A SEM picture which shows a Tick ( Ixodes ricinus) fully engorged in frontal view.

Wood Tick

Fully soaked Ixodes ricinus tick. Scanning Electron Microscope, 18:1 (when 15cms wide)

Vollgesogene Zecke Ixodes ricinus. Raster-Elektronenmikroskop, 18:1 (bei 15cm Bildbreite)

A SEM of the outer shell of a Nautilus: The structure is piled up plates of CaCo3 finished with a thicker layering.

Nautilus Shell

Section through a nautilus shell, platelets of calciumcarbonate are visible. Scanning Electron Microscope, 5000:1 (when 15cms wide)

Bruch durch die Schale einer Nautilus, die Perlmutt-Plättchen sind gut zu erkennen. Raster-Elektronenmikroskop, 5000:1 (bei 15cm Bildbreite)

A SEM picture which shows a part of the skin of a Grass snake ( Natrix natrix)

Snake Skin

Skin of a grass snake (Natrix natrix). Scanning Electron Microscope, 1200:1 (when 15cms wide)

Die Haut einer Ringelnatter (Natrix natrix). Raster-Elektronenmikroskop, 1200:1 (bei 15cm Bildbreite)

Wing of a butterfly with scales. Scanning Electron Microscope, 260:1 (when 15cms wide)

Der Flügel eines Schmetterlings mit Schuppen. Raster-Elektronenmikroskop, 260:1 (bei 15cm Bildbreite)


A micrograph of the head of a ladybug (Harmonia axyridis) in frontal view. All parts from the head are colored differently/ are clearly visible.


Portrait of an asian ladybug (Harmonia axyridis). Scanning Electron Microscope, 46:1 (when 15cms wide)

Portrait des asiatischen Marienkäfers (Harmonia axyridis). Raster-Elektronenmikroskop, 46:1 (bei 15cm Bildbreite)

A micrograph of a head of an ant (Formica polycena) in brownish colors: right eye, antennae and mandibles are visible.


Portrait of an ant with feeler, compound eyes and mandibles. Scanning Electron Microscope, 45:1 (when 15cms wide)

Portrait einer Ameise mit Fühlern, Facettaugen und Mandibeln. Raster-Elektronenmikroskop, 45:1 (bei 15cm Bildbreite)

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