13 Beautiful Images of Pollen Under the Microscope

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Image: Dartmouth Electron Microscope Facility, Dartmouth College

Never mind that they look like virulent viruses or a fetish from someone’s kinky imagination; these little nuggets are the grains of life. We’re used to seeing bees’ knees thickly coated in them, or being told on summer weather reports that their count is going through the roof, but it’s a rare thing indeed to see pollen under the microscope, up close and personal and in all its juicy detail.

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