PopSci.com once again fails to disappoint!
Every year, Nikon’s Small World contest rounds up the best in microscopic images, taken by scientists and artists alike. Here are our 11 favorites from this year.
Ants (Image: Geir Drange, Borgen, Norway. Magnified: 2.5x)
Woolflower (Image: Christina Zimmerman, Oakland, California. Magnified: 4x)
Butterfly eggs (Image: David Millard, Austin, Texas. Magnified: 6x)
House Spider (Image: Harold Taylor, Kensworth, Dunstable, UK. Magnified: 30x)
Zebra Fish Embryo 
Drosophilia larva gut 
Fruitfly Larva (Image: Dr. Andrew Woolley, Purdue University. West Lafayette, Indiana)
The Mineral Cacoxenite 
Embryonic Mouse Limb 
Fruit Fly Retina 
 Image: Dr. Somayeh Naghiloo, University of Tabriz , Department of Plant Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences. Tabriz, Iran
 Image: Dr. Jennifer Peters & Dr. Michael Taylor, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Memphis, Tennessee, Magnified 20x
 Image: Jessica Von Stetina, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Cambridge, Massachusetts. Magnified: 25x
 Image: Honorio Cócera, University of Valencia. Valencia, Spain. Magnified: 18x
 Image: A. Kelsey Lewis, University of Utah, Department of Human Genetics. Salt Lake City, Utah. Magnified: 10x.
 Image: Dr. W. Ryan Williamson, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Ashburn, Virginia.