This week one of my X-Ray micro-CT images of mating seed beetles was published in Molecular Reproduction and Development, in the VISIONS: the art of science category. This image has not previously been published in a journal article, though it was made at the same time as those seen in my recent Proceedings B paper.
The image is of a mating pair of seed beetles flash-frozen during mating. In this reconstruction, the cuticle was made semi-transparent in order to visualise the internal anatomy. Notable structures include the highly-stained leg and wing muscles in both sexes, as well as the female reproductive tract (the circular structure inside the female abdomen) with the male sperm package being deposited.