National Geographic : 1977 Feb
")READ CARRIER ,Of the yellow 'ever virus, the female Aedes <;egyptr mosquito (facing page) nas no trouble jabbing the needlelike central shaft con #;ealed in its scaly proboscis in and out of human skin to obtain the blood it needs to survive. Not so with the worker bee, whose stinger- (above left) isa ;rare-rn-a-lifetime defense. Since lie barbed harpoon cannot be vithdrawn, the bee's entire ah Jomen ie torn out wn+ r at tempts to Pull away. he surrealist landscape of bee's back (left) was contributed along with several other photo m u 4 Iraphs for this art=. e, by re search photographer and artist Ilk David Scharf of California. Though many researchers work ng withthe SEM ^_ must kitl their specimens through u9 preparation techniques. Scarf has per . t'ected methods enabling him to examine live insects. By lowering the energy of the electron beam and adjusting the system for maximum sensitivity, he is able to produce images remarkable r n their resolution of detail and three-dimensionality. Some specimens are returned to his garden---stunned, but alive. jOHN MA15, PETER B. ARMSTRONG, AND D W. DEAMFR, i N Fk ; 7 AVFC:'?ti! . PW S. ,10 Y iTOPI. 220 X _, tom'