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Image gallery: Life Science Imaging with the Leica DVM6 Digital Microscope

Examples from entomology, botany and crop science

Digital microscopes were originally designed for industrial quality control applications. With images transferred directly onto a screen or PC monitor, digital microscopy transforms the microscopy workstation to a PC workplace. Digital microscopy has applications in inspection, documentation, and analysis.

The fields of applications for digital microscopes have become more numerous since their introduction. Even life science applications like documentation in botany, entomology studies and crop science, or the digitalization of museum collections can be performed with digital microscopes. Depending on the specimen and research task, scientists in these fields benefit from microscopes that are flexible in their setup, and yield images of good quality while operating them is easy even if a user does not have microscopy knowledge.

Larger specimen such as butterflies or bugs require a large working distance if they shall be imaged as a whole. Many digital microscopes offer this working distance. The tilting function of some instruments is practical as images can be taken from the sides as well while there is no need to re-pin the insects. Users also feel digital microscopes are a handy tool to collect data and evidence of experimental findings when studying plant life, fungi, algae, and their environments, since they immediately see the image on screen.

The image gallery below shows different examples from entomology, botany, marine biology, and crop science. These images were captured with a Leica DVM6 digital microscope.

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Full overview picture of Tyria Jacobaebae L. (male) or cinnabar moth
Full overview picture of Tyria Jacobaebae L. (male) or cinnabar moth
Wing of a cinnabar moth
Wing of a cinnabar moth
Zoom-in on the compound eye of cinnabar moth
Zoom-in on the compound eye of cinnabar moth
Pattern of the wings of a cinnabar moth
Pattern of the wings of a cinnabar moth
Zoom-in on the pattern of the wings of a cinnabar moth
Zoom-in on the pattern of the wings of a cinnabar moth
Full overview picture of a hornet
Full overview picture of a hornet
Zoom-in on the hair on the hornet’s body
Zoom-in on the hair on the hornet’s body
Head of a hornet in tilted view
Head of a hornet in tilted view
Large overview picture of seeds
Large overview picture of seeds
Zoom-in on a single seeds
Zoom-in on a single seeds
Large overview picture of a moth
Large overview picture of a moth
Leaf disease (Fungi)
Leaf disease (Fungi)
Chili pepper
Chili pepper
Chili pepper seed in tilted view
Chili pepper seed in tilted view
Chili cross-section with seeds
Chili cross-section with seeds
Pond water with algae and diatoms captured with transmitted light.
Pond water with algae and diatoms captured with transmitted light.
Fixed maritime diatoms on a glass slide.
Fixed maritime diatoms on a glass slide.
Fixed maritime diatoms on a glass slide.
Fixed maritime diatoms on a glass slide.
Fixed maritime diatoms on a glass slide.
Fixed maritime diatoms on a glass slide.
Fixed maritime diatoms on a glass slide.
Fixed maritime diatoms on a glass slide.