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Dust mites

Dust mites. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of two dust mites (Dermatophagoides sp.) on fabric fibres. Millions of dust mites inhabit the home, feeding on shed skin cells. They mainly live in furniture, and are invisible to the naked eye due to their size. The excrement and dead bodies of these mites may cause allergic reactions in susceptible people. Magnification: x150 at 6x7cm size

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Allergen Allergic Reaction Arachnida Couple Fabric Fibres Household Material

This print from Science Photo Library reveals the hidden world of dust mites, showcasing their intricate features and remarkable lifestyle. In this coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM), two dust mites belonging to the Dermatophagoides species can be seen clinging onto fabric fibres. These minuscule creatures are a common presence in our homes, with millions of them thriving on shed skin cells. Despite their tiny size, these arachnids play a significant role in our daily lives. Living predominantly in furniture, they remain invisible to the naked eye but leave behind traces of their existence that can have profound effects on human health. The excrement and deceased bodies of these mites act as allergens, triggering allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. At a magnification level of x150 within a 6x7cm frame, this image offers an extraordinary glimpse into the microscopic world that coexists with us every day. It serves as a reminder that even though we may not see them directly, these seemingly insignificant creatures have an impact on our well-being. Through this photograph's vivid colors and precise detailing captured by SEM technology, it becomes evident how interconnected wildlife is with our household environment. This mesmerizing snapshot invites contemplation about the delicate balance between humans and nature while highlighting the unseen forces at work within our own homes.

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