Award-winning Spanish microtomographer releases his latest stunning images - micro-CT scans of the humble mason bee. Jim Drury reports.
This is the mason bee as never seen before. The micro-CT scans were produced by award-winning microtomographer Javier Alba-Tercedor. The University of Granada zoology professor uses a SkyScan 1172 scanner to produce pinpoint images. Microtomography is a non-invasive technique used to generate high-resolution images. Mason bees are named for their habit of nest-building using mud or masonry products. Effective pollinators, they do not produce honey or beeswax. The scans won Alba-Tercedor 'Best Picture Award' at a recent micro-CT scan contest in Brussels.