|Description:||This low magnification, 48x, scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image revealed the presence of a small, unidentified insect on the exoskeletal surface of what was an unidentified dragonfly that was found deceased on the grounds of the Decatur, Georgia suburbs. Though this arthropod was found here to be, what appeared to be, “residing” on the dragonfly’s body, it also may merely have been picked up by the dragonfly, as was the case with other debris such as pollen granules, or general vegetative matter, and not living as a parasitic inhabitant. See PHIL 8281 for a black and white version of this image.|
This tiny insect was photographically captured as it was attached to the dragonfly’s distal antennal segments. Imagery such as this allows for a greater appreciation of the “worlds within worlds”, and the unseen morphologic intricacies to be found through electron micrographic exploration of these miniscule environments. Even on the external surface of the smallest insect such as this tiny stow-away, upon examination, one would find even smaller residents of our planet. Please see PHIL_8282, for an even more highly magnified view of this scenario.