In this video Dr Chris Forman shows us his incredible images of a fruit fly foot and beetle antenna.

Under the Microscope is a collection of videos that capture glimpses of the natural and man-made world in stunning close-up. They will be released every Monday and Thursday for the next couple of months and you can see them here:

Dr Forman:
“Nature has found remarkable ways of using small amounts of energy to combine common elements such as carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen into fascinating and complex assemblies like these insects shown here. If we could do the same in our manufacturing processes then perhaps we could recycle our products more easily and we wouldn't use as much energy processing large lumps of aluminium, concrete and plastic. My research into biomaterials tries to learn from nature how to combine the same basic materials into a wide range of structures that perhaps, one day, may be used in all kinds of products from food to factories!”

Size of these images:

μm = micron (one thousandth of a millimetre)

Fruit fly foot: 50 μm across (thin strand of human hair).

Antenna: 60-70 μm across (strand of human hair)

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Thanks to Dr Bill O’Neill and Dr Paul Barker.

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