Monday, January 21, 2013

Fluorescent eggs



These eggs are probably of gastropods or insects. They have a diameter of about 0.3 mm and were located in the forest floor under a thick cushion of moss. I found them in the winter time (!!), in a spruce forest. They fluoresce in ultraviolet light in a green color, an effect which is caused by a fluorophore inside the eggs. 
 

Under UV light:


  
Under visible light:   



And a close-up image:





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