Image of the Day: Weevil Eye

The Nikon photomicrography competition winners of 2018 include striking close-ups of a compound eye, a fern, and an insect’s bubble house.

Oct 17, 2018
Kerry Grens
The first-place winner of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography competition reveals the contours of the compound eye of an Asian red palm weevil. The green discs are scales surrounding the eye.
YOUSEF AL HABSHI, NIKON SMALL WORLD COMPETITION

For more than four decades, the Nikon Small World competition has showcased the otherworldly beauty of our planet at the microscopic scale. The 20 winning submissions for 2018, announced last week (October 11), include a human tear drop, venom on a hornet’s stinger, and a spider embryo.

The top prize (above) goes to Yousef Al Habshi, a photographer from United Arab Emirates, who compiled 128 micrographs to construct a zoomed-in view of the compound eye of the Asian red palm weevil (Metapocyrtus subquadrulifer). According to a press release, Al Habshi collaborates with a lab in Abu Dhabi that uses his images to study the beetle.

Rogelio Moreno Gil used autofluorescence to capture the spore-producing structures on a fern, which earned second place in the competition.
ROGELIO MORENO GIL, NIKON SMALL WORLD COMPETITION
Third place goes to Saulius Gugis’s shot of a spittlebug nymph encased in its “bubble house.”
SAULIUS GUGIS, NIKON SMALL WORLD COMPETITION