(This post is a bit icky.)
A friend of one of my co-workers saw some dust on a light switch one day. Then he noticed that the dust seemed to be moving. He wondered if it might actually be a bug, too small to see, because he'd been noticing bite marks showing up on his two young children.
Being resourceful, he captured some of the "dust" by sealing it in scotch tape, and brought it to his friend in our lab. She doesn't use the microscopes, so she asked me to help out. I stuck the tape under one of the scopes and saw this:
You don't yet understand the full horror. There was an air pocket surrounding the bug, and it was still alive and moving.
Note that its legs and internal organs are in different positions now. (The reddish blotches are internal organs; this bug is transparent.)
Let's have an underside view of the disgusting legs, shall we?
I dunno, maybe I'll delete this post later. :P
Here's another specimen the man captured:
Ugh! Ew! Gross!
And I know I'm a biologist, but I never claimed to be an entomologist!
The unfortunate man whose house contains these bugs will use the pictures we took to identify the species and help the professionals recommend steps to take to KILL ALL THE NASTY BUGS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
I was glad afterward to have had a chance to help. It's most satisfying when you can do someone a favor that would be very difficult for him but happens to be easy for you.