Micro Monsters: scanning electron microscope images of insects, spiders and creepy crawlies Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a maggot head "I've tested the book out on my son Ned and it hasn't given him any bad dreams, in fact he loves it. In particular Ned likes like the nasty worms." A maggot head
Leaf surface. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the varied underside of a leaf from a rice plant (Oryza sp.). Leaves have a wide variety of specialised surface structures, such as trichomes (not seen), stomata (pores) and oil glands. Magnification: x830 when printed 10 centimetres wide.
Colored scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of squamous cell carcinoma (cancer) cells from a human mouth. The many blebs (lumps) and microvilli (small projections) on the cells' surfaces are typical of cancer cells.
Blood clot. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a blood clot from the inner wall of the left ventricle of a human heart. Red blood cells (erythrocytes) are trapped within a fibrin protein mesh (cream). The fibrin mesh is formed in response to chemicals secreted by platelets (pink), fragments of white blood cells. Clots are formed in response to cardiovascular disease or injuries to blood vessels. Connective tissue (orange) is also seen.