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Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Tarantula Hawk, Pepsis heros, close up

Tarantula Hawk, Pepsis heros, close up

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Male Leach's sea star (Leiaster leachi) broadcast spawning, releasing streams of sperm from its arms

Male Leach's sea star (Leiaster leachi) broadcast spawning, releasing streams of sperm from its arms. Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Southern reef squid swimming C018 / 1793

Southern reef squid swimming C018 / 1793
Southern reef squid (Sepioteuthis australis) swimming

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Honey bees on a honeycomb

Honey bees on a honeycomb
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) on a honeycomb. The chambers in a honeycomb are created using wax secreted by the bees. The chambers are then filled with honey, using nectar obtained from flowers

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Lobster, X-ray

Lobster, X-ray
Lobster. Coloured X-ray of a common lobster (Homarus gammarus). This is a marine scavenger that inhabits the cool waters of the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean. It is valued for its flesh

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Nudibranch (Janolus cristatus) Vela Luka, Korcula Island, Croatia, Adriatic Sea

Nudibranch (Janolus cristatus) Vela Luka, Korcula Island, Croatia, Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Hummingbird hawk-moth

Hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) feeding on nectar inside a clammy cuphaea flower (Cuphea viscosissima)

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Sea green swallowtail butterfly

Sea green swallowtail butterfly
Sea green swallowtail (Papilio lorquinianus) butterfly. This butterfly is found in Indonesia, Sulawesi, Borneo, Java, Sumatra and in the Philippines

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Calcareous phytoplankton, SEM

Calcareous phytoplankton, SEM
Calcareous phytoplankton. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the external mineralised structures (coccospheres) of small marine algal organisms called coccolithophores

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Trilobite fossil

Trilobite fossil. Fossil of a trilobite (Aristoharpes sp.) from the Devonian period (around 370 million years ago), showing the species characteristic, spade-like shape

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) with open wings

Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) with open wings

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Fruit fly, SEM Z340 / 0768

Fruit fly, SEM Z340 / 0768
Fruit fly. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a fruit fly (Drosophila funebris) on an apple. Its compound eyes (red) are seen and its wings are outstretched

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Head louse, SEM

Head louse, SEM
Head louse. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) clinging to a human hair. Head lice measure 2-3 millimetres in length

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Acrosphaera radiolarian, SEM

Acrosphaera radiolarian, SEM
Acrosphaera radiolarian. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the shell of a Acrosphaera sp. radiolarian. Radiolaria are single-celled protozoans that are found in marine plankton

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Dog tapeworm head, SEM

Dog tapeworm head, SEM
Dog tapeworm head. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head (scolex) of a dog tapeworm (Taenia pisiformis)

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Sea cucumber

Sea cucumber (Thelenota sp.) spawning. Microscopic sex cells (gametes) are being released to allow fertilisation (the fusing of a male and a female sex cell)

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Ant, SEM

Ant, SEM
Ant. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an ant (family Formicidae). One of its compound eyes (red) is seen, as well as two long antennae that are mounted on the head between the eyes

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Swallowtail butterfly

Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio ulysses telegonus). This butterfly is also known as the blue mountain butterfly. It is native to Indonesia and Australia, inhabiting the rain forests

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Aspidonia, historical artwork, 1899

Aspidonia, historical artwork, 1899
Aspidonia organisms. Historical artwork of Aspidonia organisms, a now invalid name for a grouping of the classes Merostomata and Trilobita

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Ammonite

Ammonite fossil. Ammonites are extinct marine invertebrates. They first appeared in the Late Silurian to Early Devonian period (around 400 million years ago)

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Bees and beehive, 17th century artwork

Bees and beehive, 17th century artwork. Bees are social insects that form colonies around a queen bee. They gather nectar and pollen to feed their larvae, also producing honey

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Culex mosquito, SEM

Culex mosquito, SEM
Culex mosquito. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a Culex sp. mosquito. The mosquitos head is dominated by its large compound eyes (brown spheres)

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Painted lady butterfly C016 / 2299

Painted lady butterfly C016 / 2299
Painted lady (Vanessa cardui) butterfly. This butterfly is found in Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. Specimen obtained from the University of Valencia, Spain

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Bees in a circle

Bees in a circle
bees walking in a circle

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: False-colour SEM of Tetranychus, a red spider mite

False-colour SEM of Tetranychus, a red spider mite

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Papilio montrouzieri butterfly

Papilio montrouzieri butterfly. This butterfly is native to New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Sheep tick, SEM

Sheep tick, SEM
Sheep tick. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a sheep tick (Ixodes ricinus). The ticks mouthparts are between its two front legs

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Red-barbed ant, SEM

Red-barbed ant, SEM
Red-barbed ant (Formica rufibarbis), coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). This ant is common in mainland Europe, but rare in the UK

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Moth proboscis, SEM

Moth proboscis, SEM
Moth proboscis. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the coiled proboscis of a moth (order Lepidoptera). The proboscis is an elongated part of the mouth

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Ammonite fossil, SEM

Ammonite fossil, SEM
Ammonite fossil, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Ammonites were invertebrates and lived in the sea. They were molluscs that formed a spiral shell to protect their soft body

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Honey bee, SEM

Honey bee, SEM
Honey bee (Apis mellifera), coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The head and one of the two compound eyes is at lower left

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: RF - Ocellate octopus (Amphioctopus mototi) swimming up from the sea floor

RF - Ocellate octopus (Amphioctopus mototi) swimming up from the sea floor. Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Strait, Molucca Sea

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Calcareous phytoplankton fossil, SEM Z100 / 0213

Calcareous phytoplankton fossil, SEM Z100 / 0213
Calcareous phytoplankton fossil. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a fossil of the skeleton (coccosphere) of a coccolithotrope, a small marine algal organism

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Lobster, X-ray

Lobster, X-ray
Lobster. Coloured X-ray of a common lobster (Homarus gammarus). This is a marine scavenger that inhabits the cool waters of the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean. It is valued for its flesh

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Fruit fly, SEM

Fruit fly, SEM
Fruit fly. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a male fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) flying past plant foliage. Its compound eyes (red) are seen and its wings are outstretched

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Jelly fish, artwork

Jelly fish, artwork
Jelly fish (Leonura terminalis). Historical artwork of a deep sea jelly fish observed by Ernst Haeckel during an expedition on HMS Challenger (1873-1876)

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: RF - Composite image of tropical nudibranchs on a black background showing variety

RF - Composite image of tropical nudibranchs on a black background showing variety and abundance of nudibranch species, Indo-Pacific

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Deep sea jellyfish (Periphylla periphylla) juvenile, Trondheimsfjord, Norway

Deep sea jellyfish (Periphylla periphylla) juvenile, Trondheimsfjord, Norway, Atlantic ocean

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Gravid female Glass / Ghost shrimp on Glass sponge (Hexactinellida) from coral seamount

Gravid female Glass / Ghost shrimp on Glass sponge (Hexactinellida) from coral seamount, SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean, December 2011

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Speckled wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria) on Bramble (Rubus fructicosus) leaves, Gamlingay Wood

Speckled wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria) on Bramble (Rubus fructicosus) leaves, Gamlingay Wood, Cambridgeshire, England, UK, April, UK

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Female Large white / Cabbage white butterfly (Pieris brassicae) in flight, Surrey, UK

Female Large white / Cabbage white butterfly (Pieris brassicae) in flight, Surrey, UK. Multiple exposure

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Eyelash mite, SEM

Eyelash mite, SEM
Eyelash mite. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an eyelash, or follicle, mite (Demodex folliculorum), a harmless parasite which lives inside human hair follicles

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Veined octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) resting on top of the two halves of an old

Veined octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) resting on top of the two halves of an old clam shell on the sandy seabed. These octopus regularly carry pieces of shell so they can use them as protective

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth (Hemaris fuciformis) portrait on Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris)

Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth (Hemaris fuciformis) portrait on Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), UK, Captive

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Nudibranch (Phyllidia marindica), Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. December

Nudibranch (Phyllidia marindica), Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. December

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Patterns made in sand by Mint-sauce worms (Symsagittifera roscoffensis / Convoluta

Patterns made in sand by Mint-sauce worms (Symsagittifera roscoffensis / Convoluta roscoffensis) sunbathing at low tide to allow the symbiotic algae to photosynthesise

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Nudibranchs (Doto greenamyeri) newly described species on feather hydroids

Nudibranchs (Doto greenamyeri) newly described species on feather hydroids. Seraya Bay, north coast of Bali, Indonesia. Java Sea

Background imageInvertebrates Collection: Portrait of Bigfin squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) hovering in open water above a

Portrait of Bigfin squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) hovering in open water above a coral reef at night. Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Tropical West Pacific Ocean



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"Invertebrates: A Fascinating World of Diversity and Adaptation" From the intricate honeycombs built by diligent honey bees to the captivating sight of a lobster's inner workings revealed through an X-ray, invertebrates never cease to amaze us. The Red Admiral butterfly gracefully displays its vibrant wings, showcasing nature's artistic brilliance. Meanwhile, under the lens of a scanning electron microscope, calcareous phytoplankton reveal their delicate beauty as they float effortlessly in the vast ocean. In Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, a male Leach's sea star steals the spotlight as it engages in broadcast spawning - an awe-inspiring phenomenon where streams of sperm are released from its arms into the water. This mesmerizing moment captured by a talented wildlife photographer earned them recognition as the winner in the Underwater category at Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022. Venturing into Croatian waters along Korcula Island in the Adriatic Sea reveals another enchanting creature - a Nudibranch known as Janolus cristatus. Its vibrant colors and graceful movements make it a true gem beneath the waves. A sea green swallowtail butterfly flutters elegantly across meadows and gardens while fruit flies unveil their intricate structures when observed under high-resolution SEM imaging techniques. Delving deep into Earth's history brings us face-to-face with ancient wonders like trilobite fossils that offer glimpses into prehistoric times. These extinct arthropods remind us of our planet's rich evolutionary past. Witnessing an ocellate octopus swimming up from the depths is like witnessing magic unfold before our eyes. Its ethereal appearance leaves us captivated by nature's ability to create such extraordinary creatures. Lastly, we encounter a painted lady butterfly whose delicate patterns adorn fields with splashes of color and gracefulness. And even within microscopic realms lies astonishing complexity; for instance, observing dog tapeworm heads through SEM reveals the intricate structures that allow these parasites to thrive.