The image of a humped bladderwort, an aquatic carnivorous plant, (above) won first place in this year's Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition. In the photo, you can see the floating plant catching its prey, microinvertebrates that are sucked into its trap a millisecond after they touch its trigger hairs.
This is the 10th year Olympus has sponsored the photo contest, which features microscope-based photography.
The wings of a black mastiff bat embryo have grown to cover its eyes.
Single-cell, fresh water algae (desmids) are seen in a composite image. The red in the image comes from the innate fluorescence of chlorophyll.
A stitched image shows a stained cross-section of a lily flower bud.
Mouse embryonic fibroblasts show actin filaments (red), mitochondria (green) and DNA (blue).
"Brother bugs" -- box bugs -- are just two hours old and 3mm in size.
The musculature of the phantom midge larva "Glassworm" is usually clear and colorless. Here it's made visible by specialized illumination.
These mouse tail whole mounts show hair follicle stem cells and proliferating cells.
This caddisfly larva is a good indicator of water quality, because it's sensitive to organic pollution and dies if water is dirty.
This fresh-water paramecium swells and expels water through an opening in the cell membrane. The sweeping motion of the hair-like cilia helps the single-celled organism move.