Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a passion flower (Passiflora caerulea) pollen grain. Pollen grains are the male gametes (sex cells) of a plant. Magnification: when printed 10 centimetres wide.
and textures Photograph by Martin Oeggerli Large white butterfly egg Pieris brassicae The yellow eggs of the large white butterfly are laid in clumps on the undersides of cabbage leaves (above) and brussels sprouts.
Pollen grains contain apertures in their walls. They serve as an exit point for the pollen contents to bust out, and also allow the shrinking and swelling of the grain caused by changes in moisture content
Loasa Chilensis (a creeping flowering vine, native to Chili). Many wind dispersed seeds have a honeycomb pattern, which are referred to as balloon seeds, this Chilean native has an extreme honeycomb. To create a Image by Rob Kesseler.
There have been a bunch of books released lately, featuring beautifully photographed things from nature, both life size and micro-sized. The latest I've had the priviledge to flip through is the magnificant book, seeds, the time capsules of life.