Bats, bugs, and beauty: The best microscopy images of 2020

Image of a series of colored loops.

Enlarge / While this may
look like a set of iridescent satin ribbons, it’s actually the
scales on the wing of a butterfly. (credit: Don Komarechka)

I don’t know how many years I’ve been putting together image
galleries of the Nikon
Small World Microscopy contest
, but it has been quite a few
now, and it is hard not to feel like I’m repeating the same things
when I introduce a selection of the images from it: that nature’s
beauty isn’t limited to grand landscapes or charismatic megafauna.
That serious science can co-exist with amazing aesthetics. That
some of the best scientists also have an eye for the artistic and
the desire to capture the worlds they study in compelling ways.
That technology and software have revolutionized a technology—the
microscope—that has been around for hundreds of years.

All of those things are still true, which is why I keep
emphasizing them. But words are just a distraction from the pure
artistry of this year’s contest winners. So I’ll shut up and let
you enjoy them.

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Bats, bugs, and beauty: The best microscopy images of
2020