Protozoan parasitizing a mosquito larva ?

The Sierra Nevada of California right now is blooming. The hills are brushed in the purple, golds and yellows of the California floral palette and beneath the old firs massive bolete mushrooms are pushing up through the duff, nearly asking to find themselves on a dinner plate. Water is abundant and where it has pooled,…

Mosquito larva ?

I just assembled my Foldscope two nights ago and because of work hadn’t had a chance to go in the field and find something, so I decided to look at what might be growing in a bath water recycling system I have on my porch. I was expecting to find the usual suspects that I…

Foldscope: Facilitating Zika Research & Grass Root Data Sharing In Honduras

Super excited about my upcoming trip to Honduras where I will be visiting various remote schools and teaching students about the many benefits and uses of the foldscope! The Honduran government has declared a state of emergency because  of the rampant spike in Zika cases.  This foldscope project is not only timely but important because…

How can a mosquito larvae breathe underwater? (Part2)

Today was a fun day – we had a a lot of fun imaging mosquitoes and larvae under Foldscope. Most of that effort was focused on identifying mosquitoes (a post on the same coming soon); but I focused on imaging a mosquito larvae (3rd instar larvae of Culex pippens).  It’s always fun to see live…

Bubbles propogating in proboscis of a live mosquito

I have a love and hate relationship with mosquitoes. They have been called a Winged Scourged and have a devastating effect on our society; for thousands of years. If you are interested in watching; here is a link to a beautiful 1943 “classic” commissioned by the US government who asked “Walt Disney” to make a…

Blood flow inside the wings of live mosquitoes 

For a long while; I have been wanting to image the flow inside the wing veins of insects; last night I got my first chance.  https://vine.co/v/OYvJFiPdZaT Watch along the veins and you will actually notice single cells dragged in the veins. They appear as blinking signals since the cells must be tumbling in flow.  So…

Mosquito larvae in salt water tidal pools..

I just returned from Viques; an island next to Puerto Rico. The place is known to have both Dengue and Chikungunya, both spread by Aedes ageptyi. I walked around the island looking for places where the mosquitoes lay the eggs. I was not expecting this; but I stumbled upon mosquito larvae happily feeding in a…