Stigma and pollens of Sonchus

Common name: Hare’s-lettuce, Milk thistle, Sow thistle • Hindi: दूधी Dudhi Plant collection fron Baggi, District Mandi, Himachal Pradesh  Bifid Stigma and pollens on it

Mosquito limbs under Foldscope

The mosquito limbs are attached to the abdomen and thorax. They appear with numerous fine hair. While most of the limb is cylindrical in shape, small cone like structure are present in the middle of the limb.

Nature walk with Foldscope

Ropar Wetland, an  important ecological zone is located in the Shivalik foothills of the Lower Himalayas and is at a distance of around 50 km from Chandigarh.. Considering the wetland’s diverse and rich biodiversity, a visit to this place was planned. A group of around 50 students went for a nature walk with foldscope to…

Visit to Ropar Wetlands

Ropar Wetland, Ropar Lake, is a man-made freshwater wetland. It was created in 1952 on the Sutlej River, in the Punjab state of India, by building a head regulator to store and divert water for beneficial uses of irrigation, drinking and industrial water supply The area has huge biological diversity and is reported to be…

Hunt for microfossils continues

This time used 10x lens with digital zoom of phone camera. Got some good photos but no microfossils. In the photos you can see that the sand in Jaipur, Rajasthan is composed mainly of quartz particles, and some minerals. 

Pollen of Hibiscus schizopetalus

Commonly called as fringed rosemallow,coral hibiscus and spider hibiscus etc.Flowers with finely dissected petals having a range of colours ,the most common being the red form.

Pollen of Abutilon indicum observed under foldscope

Commonly called as indian mallow,country mallow and indian abutilon etc.This is the small shrub in the malvaceae family,native to tropic and sub tropical regions and sometimes cultivated as an ornamental.It is often used as a medicinal plant.Its roots and leaves are used for curing fever.

Wasp Paper nest (Fibers in nature)

A fallen paper nest of wasp was seen outside my bedroom window. It was empty and probably the wasps had flown away. I picked it up to observe its structure through a foldscope. I was able to see a criss-cross of fibers inter-woven to form hexagonal compartments of a wasp nest. There are different kinds…

Pollen of Combretum Indicum observed under foldscope

Commonly called as Rangoon Creeper and also known as Chinese honey suckle.It is a vine with red flowers clusters and is found in Asia.It can reach from 2.5 to 8 mt.The flowers are fragnant and tubular and their colour varies from white to pink to red .It is used as herbal medicine .The flowers change…

Petals of different flowers under foldscope

I am thrilled to observe these colored cells under foldscope. The Persian blue, yellow, red and orange colored cells are from Shankapushpi, marry-gold, Rose and Chrysanthemum.   This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.

Pollen of Datura observed under foldscope

It is an annual shrubby plant that typically reaches a height of 0.6 to 1.5 mt .It’s stems and leaves are covered with short and soft grayish hairs,giving the whole plant a grayish appearance.The flowers are trumpet shaped.

Pollen of Pomegranate observed under foldscope

It is a fruit bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing 6 to 10 mt hight.It has multiple spiny branches and is extremely long-lived.The flowers are bright red with 3 to 7 petals.

Different parts of Apis dorsata under foldscope

Apis dorsata is a giant honey bee. Tribals use this species for honey and beewax collection. Apis dorsata is also the natural host of the Tropilaelaps mite, a devastating parasite with an expanding distribution.

Impromptu microscopy session at GGSS Telipada, Jaipur, Rajasthan

After classroom observation at GGSS Telipada school , as there was some free time, did a microscopy session with kids. Took water sample from outside the school building. Luckily, water was so rich that students got to see so many kinds of microorganisms. Sharing the video: