Most of us are at least aware that we're sharing our world – and our bodies – with an endless variety of microorganisms, tiny parasites and other strange creatures, most of which are invisible to the naked eye.
But thanks to electron microscopy, we can now have lots of colorful nightmares once we get a closer look at some of these monstrosities.
io9 compiled some of the strangest, scariest and most alien-looking examples from various galleries, including some terrifying images from the Microcosmos collection by DSLR Imagery. Under these super-microscopes, a fish embryo is transformed into a ghostly apparition...
...butterfly egg casings look amazingly like facehugger eggs from the Alien franchise...
...and as if maggots weren't disgusting enough, here's one that looks like it oozed out of the movie Galaxy of Terror (you know the scene I'm talking about).
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