Thanks to electron microscopes, we can get an extremely close-up view of the wonder—or the horror—of the world around us.

11 Magnified Photos of Creepy Crawlies

Thanks to electron microscopes, we can get an extremely close-up view of the wonder—or the horror—of the world around us.

Tick feeding on human blood, SEM  This is why I hate ticks even more up close!

Tick feeding on human blood, SEM This is why I hate ticks even more up close!

The European sand flea (Talitrus saltator) can grow up to 1.5 centimetres in length and lives on beaches worldwide near the high-tide mark, emerging at night to forage for food

Meet the planet's 'vampire' bugs which spend every waking moment looking for ways to extract blood

The European sand flea (Talitrus saltator) can grow up to 1.5 centimetres in length and lives on beaches worldwide near the high-tide mark, emerging at night to forage for food

WATER BEARS ACTIVE  DORMANTWATER BEAR EGGSWater bears (or tardigrades) are tiny invertebrates that live in aquatic and semi-aquatic habitats such as lichen and damp moss. They require water to obtain oxygen by gas exchange. However, in dry conditions, they can enter a cryptobiotic state of dessication, known as a tun, to survive. In this state, water bears can survive for up to a decade.  Water bears are found throughout the world, including regions of extreme temperature, such as hot spri…

WATER BEARS ACTIVE DORMANTWATER BEAR EGGSWater bears (or tardigrades) are tiny invertebrates that live in aquatic and semi-aquatic habitats such as lichen and damp moss. They require water to obtain oxygen by gas exchange. However, in dry conditions, they can enter a cryptobiotic state of dessication, known as a tun, to survive. In this state, water bears can survive for up to a decade. Water bears are found throughout the world, including regions of extreme temperature, such as hot spri…

Fertilization. Colored scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a sperm (blue) attempting to penetrate a human egg (orange).

Fertilization. Colored scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a sperm (blue) attempting to penetrate a human egg (orange).

✯ Tsetse fly Glossina sp., a blood- sucking parasitic fly of tropical Africa. The fly pierces the skin of its host with the sharp probo- scis at lower right. The tsetse fly transmits Trypanosoma protozoa, of which T. gambiense & T. rhodesiense cause sleeping sickness in humans. Both male & female flies are bloodsuckers. Their habitat is varied, ranging from forest to river banks to savanna.✯

✯ Tsetse fly Glossina sp., a blood- sucking parasitic fly of tropical Africa. The fly pierces the skin of its host with the sharp probo- scis at lower right. The tsetse fly transmits Trypanosoma protozoa, of which T. gambiense & T. rhodesiense cause sleeping sickness in humans. Both male & female flies are bloodsuckers. Their habitat is varied, ranging from forest to river banks to savanna.✯

Dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus. This mite is eight legged of which six legs are visible (at lower frame). The mite has an unsegmented, round body. It's mouthparts (at lower centre) are highly adapted to feeding on the dead scales of human skin found in household dust. Dust mites are relatives of spiders and scorpions.

Dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus. This mite is eight legged of which six legs are visible (at lower frame). The mite has an unsegmented, round body. It's mouthparts (at lower centre) are highly adapted to feeding on the dead scales of human skin found in household dust. Dust mites are relatives of spiders and scorpions.

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