Science Art: “Various Forms of Trachelomonas” (detail of “INFUSORIA”), 1883


Aren’t they the cutest little things?

These are kinds of Euglena, the weird little microscopic critters that are animals with plant-like characteristics – some of them can photosynthesize, despite swimming around with whip-like tails. The Trachelomonas also have hard shells, making them a little harder for less sunshiny critters to swallow.

This snapshot is from The Micrographic Dictionary; a guide to the examination and investigation of the structure and nature of microscopic objects, a book which seems to have something to do with microscopes, doesn’t it? It’s snipped from a page that’s crowded with all kinds of protozoans.