My labmate Collin found mummies in his aphid colony. It was kind of exciting, although maybe not up to horror movie standards. Mummies are what happen to aphids when a parasitic wasp injects them with an egg. As the wasp larva grows inside their bodies, feeding on their hosts, the still living aphids swell into pale, bloated, unmoving forms on the leaf surface. Eventually, adult wasps burst from their hosts, leaving behind the kind of gruesome sight pictured above.
For comparative purposes, here are pictures of a healthy, live aphid, as well as the shed skin of an aphid following a molt. For a frame of reference these guys are about a millimeter or two long.
Special thanks to Collin McMichael for helping me with the digital microscope photography. And thanks also to someone who featured a how to on manual focus stacking in photoshop a while back. I cannot find this post again for the life of me. There was a picture of an ant with a parasitoid I think. It was awesome. I have been wanting to try this technique for a while, so it was fun to experiment. I should probably get a shot with the legs in better focus in the future.