There are two kinds of reflective tapes which reflects light in one of two ways.
One type reflects light by using glass beads, and the other, shown below, uses micro prisms.
Here is the reflector tape magnified at 200 and 400 times:
At 400x one can clearly see the micro prisms which is not visible to the naked eye.
Incredibly some amoebas can produce their own shells. They are know as the Testate Amoebas and their shells are called tests.
Above are photos of the shells from the Arcella family of Testate amoebas. These shells are only about 100 micrometers wide.
An ant’s head contains many sensory organs. Like most insects, ants have compound eyes made from numerous tiny lenses attached together.
Ant eyes are good for acute movement detection, but do not offer a high resolution image. They also have three small ocelli (simple eyes) on the top of the head that detect light levels and polarization.
Compared to vertebrates, most ants have poor-to-mediocre eyesight and a few subterranean species are completely blind.
True flies are insects of the order Diptera, the name being derived from the Greek di = two, and ptera = wings. Insects of this order use only a single pair of wings to fly, the hindwings being reduced to club-like balancing organs known as halteres.
Diptera is a large order containing an estimated 1,000,000 species.
This extreme macro photograph by Johann Swanepoel was created by combining over 200 individual images in order to provide the size and depth required.
Fly’s eye. The depth of field at these magnifications are very shallow.The final image was created using 45 images stacked together in a process called Focus Stacking.
When looking at all these living microorganisms it is easy to forget how incredibly tiny they are.
Here is an amazing little interactive animation that conveys the scale of the micro universe very cleverly.
Experience our wonderful microscopic world. From common everyday objects to the unfamiliar and sometimes totally bizarre.
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