Hornet Venom

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It’s that time again, time for the winners of this year’s Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, which showcases “excellence in photography through the light microscope” and has been running for 44-years thus far. This incredible award-winning shot comes from Pierre Anquet of La Tour-du-Crieu, Ariege, France, who managed to capture a Vespa velutina (Asian hornet) with venom on its stinger. Continue reading for more.

Mite on Bee

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Varroa destructor (mite) on the back of Apis mellifera (honeybee). Antoine Franck of Saint Pierre, Reunion Island, France

Human Cell Division

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Human fibroblast undergoing cell division, showing actin (gray), myosin II (green) and DNA (magenta). Nilay Taneja, Vanderbilt Universit of Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Butterfly Wing Scales

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Urania ripheus (butterfly) wing scales. Luciano Andres Richino of Ramos Mejia, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina

Stalks and Pollen

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Stalks with pollen grains. Dr. Csaba Pinter, University of Pannonia, Georgikon Faculty of Keszthely, Hungary

Weevil Portrait

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Portrait of Sternochetus mangiferae (mango seed weevil). Pia Scanlon, Government of Western Australia of South Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Retina

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Primate foveola (central region of the retina). Hanen Khabou of Paris, France

Human Tear Drop

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Human tear drop. Norm Barker, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine of Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Spider Embryo

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Parasteatoda tepidariorum (spider embryo) stained for embryo surface (pink), nuclei (blue) and microtubules (green). Dr. Tessa Montague, Harvard University of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Peacock Feather

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Peacock feather section. Can Tuncer of İzmir, Turkey

Spore Structures

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Fern sorus (structures producing and containing spores). Rogelio Moreno Gill of Panama, Panama.