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A beetle eye surrounded by glittery emerald-green scales took the top prize in this year's Nikon Small World microphotography challenge.
The annual contest, now in its 44th year, celebrates stunning images of objects too small to be seen without a microscope. This year, winning photographers turned their magnifying camera lenses toward such wee marvels as a spider embryo, filaments in a peacock feather and illuminated blood vessels in the oviduct of a mouse.
Photos - Weevil - Head - Insect - Body
Capturing close-up photos of a weevil's head is challenging, to say the least, as the insect's entire body typically measures less than 0.4 inches (11 millimeters). Al Habshi stacked 128 micrographs to achieve the remarkable color and texture details in his image, which balanced the deep black of the beetle's eye and skin with the brilliant green of the scales around it, he explained in the statement.
"Not all people appreciate small species, particularly insects," he said. "Through photomicrography we can find a whole new, beautiful world which hasn't...
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