Lovely Eggs

Martin Oeggerli is as much a scientist as he is a photographer. His “camera” is actually a scanning electron microscope; and in addition to a Ph.D., he has an inordinate amount of patience. One of his images could easily take a week to create. As he explains, it takes about a day to position the object (an insect egg in this case), a day to scan the image pixel by pixel, and nearly 40 hours to manually color the black-and-white scan. The finished product is so spectacular that you might forget what you’re looking at.  Here are a few examples of his micrographs of butterfly eggs.

To see more examples of Oeggerli’s imagery go to http://www.micronaut.ch

Heliconian butterfly egg on a plant tendril  Credit:  Martin Oeggerli
Heliconian butterfly egg on a plant tendril Credit: Martin Oeggerli

Adonis Blue Butterfly Egg by Martin Oeggerli

Two views of an Adonis blue butterfly egg – Credit:  Martin Oeggerli
Two views of an Adonis blue butterfly egg – Credit: Martin Oeggerli
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