Bizarre Little Bugs and Insects

2014 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Nikon Small World Competition, the contest recognises excellence in photomicrography, honouring images that successfully showcase the delicate balance between scientific technique and artistic quality.

This year’s competition contains images in variety of themes, here we showcase some Creepy Crawlies, just in time for the impending Halloween festivities!


The 2014 winners will be revealed on October 30th, 11am EST

Here: Bed bug (Cimex lectularius) photographed by Mr. Stefano Barone of Cremona, Italy


Leptothorax acervorum (ant) carrying its larva by Mr. Geir Drange of Asker, Norway

Reflected Light, Focus Stacking


Trichinella worm. This is a female parasitic worm of the species can infect people who eat raw meat with trichinosis, photographed by Dr. Nathan Paul Myhrvold of Intellectual Ventures, Bellevue, Washington, USA


Suction-cup hairs on foreleg tarsus of male Dineutus mellyi (whirligig beetle) by Dr. Yuta Nakase of the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

Focus Stacking, Image Stitching, Reflected Light


Caterpillar proleg with circle of gripping hooks in red by Ms. Karin Panser, Institute of Molecular Pathology I.M.P., Vienna, Austria

Confocal, Autofluorescence


Underside of the Brown dog tick and Lonestar tick mouthparts, by Dr. Igor Siwanowicz, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia


Eupholus sp. (beetle) Coleoptera Curculionidae by Dr. Luca Toledano, Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Verona, Verona, Italy

Reflected, Diffused Light


Ant nymph by Mr. Frederic Labaune, Education Nationale, Auxonne, Burgundy, France

Image Stacking, Stitching


Chrysochroa buqueti (jewel beetle) carapace, near eye, by Mr. Charles Krebs, Issaquah, Washington, USA

Diffused, Reflected Illumination

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