Here are some shots from my training session this morning at the Beckman Institute's Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).Â I haven't used SEM for years- wow!Â Great fun.Â Click on each image to enlarge.
For contrast, here's a photo of a wasp in the same genus taken with my standard Canon macro gear:
We'll be deciding over the coming months which type of images to use for our project.Â As you can see, there are some advantages to the SEM: crisp, clean images that give much better detail about the the structure of the insect.Â But there are drawbacks as well.Â SEMs don't look very much like what people see under a regular microscope, they lack color, and they are expensive. Hmmm...
SEM photos are awesome, but I vote for the Canon 20D dSLR & macro lens.