IMAGES: Micro Gallery

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Science  01 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5560, pp. 1607
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5560.1607d

This unfriendly visage is the last thing a male praying mantis sees before his treacherous mate munches his head. BIODIC showcases images of this garden monster and more than 1100 other microscopic portraits. Microbiologist Louis De Vos of the Free University of Brussels in Belgium trained his lens on bacteria, fungi, human cells, embryos, pollen, mites, insects, and other tiny creatures, revealing minute structural details. The bumpy, parallel strands of a muscle fiber make it look like an ear of corn, for instance, and the bee-killing varroa mite resembles a hairy Frisbee with crablike legs.

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