Exploring the miniature world
Issue 139: May 2007.
left: A leaf insect with remarkable adaptations for camouflage,
photographed by Richard Howey.
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Springtime in the North Sea - René van Wezel (Netherlands) shares an illustrated essay on the attractive diatoms that can be found at this time of year and which he studies in his professional work.
All about hover flies - Colin Duke (UK) shares an extensive introduction to this fascinating insect group and includes photos of some of the species to be found in the UK.
Making simple durable cells - Dan MacNeil (USA) describes a simple but effective technique for making cells of different thickness on microscope slides for studying aquatic microorganisms.
Microscopes - Mol Smith (UK) provides a valuable illustrated overview for the beginner on the types of microscope available and typical prices when bought new.
A trip into the past: part 5 - Richard Howey (USA) continues his affectionate look at the quirky aspects of some past American natural history magazines.
A close-up view of the choke cherry - Brian Johnston (Canada) takes a macro and microscopic tour of this attractive plant.
Mantids, stick insects, and centipedes - Richard Howey (USA) presents an illustrated essay on some of the amazing adaptations of insects and reflects on the creation - evolution debate.
Under my microscope. The bee and the mite or the bitter story of the Varroa infestation - Manuel del Cerro (USA) shares an illustrated article on the problems that this mite is causing.
Preservation of contrast in the compound microscope (Part 2) - Paul James (UK) concludes his 'personal perspective concerning errant light: its origins and effects on imagery'.
A gallery of beta-alanine & dl-alpha-alanine photomicrographs - Brian Johnston (Canada) presents striking images of this amino acid using polarised light.
Old Lindley Moor - Ian Walker (UK) 'takes a photographic stroll about footpaths and fields' in the countryside where he lives to show the value of short walks rather than long treks to fully appreciate the local flora and fauna.
Also see our new monthly cartoon by Jon Cantin below.