You've probably never stared deep into the eyes of a fruit fly—until now. Because this beautiful image reveals the inner workings of the the compound eye of Drosophila melanogaster.

The picture, which took first prize in the Huygens Image Contest 2013 for microscopic images, shows cell nuclei stained blue, proteins called cadherin in red and a glycoprotein called chaoptin, found in the photoreceptors, as green. Technical aspects asides, though, ain't it just beautiful? [New Scientist]

Image by IMP