This stunning image of the adhesive pad on a foreleg of a ladybird beetle (Coccinella septempunctata) – captured by Dr Jan Michels of Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel in Germany – was awarded 7th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World competition.
Technique: Confocal, Autofluorescence
Image credit: Dr Jan Michels | Nikon Small World
Small World is regarded as a leading showcase for the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. For 39 years, Nikon has rewarded the world’s best photomicrographers, acknowledging their critically important scientific contributions to life sciences, bio-research and materials science.