Foldscope Day 3: Ants, Pollen, and Berries up close

Ants I stuck an ant under the foldscope. The ant and the foldscope did not disappoint. What looks to the eye approximately like this… …under the foldscope, is transformed into this. So of course, I had to take a video and explore this ant further. Here’s what I saw. Amazingly, the ant is actually translucent,…

Hibiscus pollen grain

I saw a post earlier about pollen grains on the microcosmos. Was curious so I took out my high magnification foldscope and took a look and the hibiscus pollen grains from my garden.

Foldscoping in South India

My journey into the microscopic world began in Chennai some three decades or more ago with a simple bulb microscope (40x). So it was no wonder that I was really excited to revisit my childhood with a foldscope. Chennai is a bustling metropolis in the South-east  of India. Being along the Bay of Bengal, it…

Tradescantia pollen

These are pollen grains from a Tradescantia flower. The opaque material at the edge of the first two images is the anther itself.

Pollen Hunters project-II : Pollen roster

Update 6/6/2016. Made the table scrollable for computers and phones. I took help from this page. Update 4/20/2016. Reducing column numbers to fit new format Update 11/2/2015. Added Contributors column. Update (10/2/2015): Added plants that were observed in India, in August 2015. I also have an extensive analysis of trichomes of the Indian plants. Please visit here…

A catalpa flower and its thrip

The best thing about hunting for the unknown is seeing the unexpected.  I was on a morning walk through the woods in my area scouting for flowers when suddenly I saw over a 100 flowers strewn on the path. The flowers were orchid-like, white with purple streaks with orange/yellow spots,  and were really pretty to behold. After…

The Journey To Spread Pollen (BioE80 Spr2015)

Being tasked with exploring the micro-world around us, my partner and I set out to answer the question: how do flowers spread pollen? While this is not a new inquiry, we wanted to see for ourselves what our textbooks had only abstracted to us. As a result, we found two different anther samples and proceeded…

Hibiscus pollens

I got my foldscope a few weeks ago and I spent many days learning how to use it. My cousin, who is doing bio-tech , helped me a lot in preparing slides and taking photos. Following are the pictures of pollen grains of hibiscus plant in our garden taken with Moto G (5 mega pixel…

Trichomes and pollen

Manu informed me through this aricle that May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.  If you are the fortunate few who dont suffer pollen allergies, then May should be a very happy Foldscope month in the north east US. I have never enjoyed studying pollen as much as I did this year and continue…

Pollen Hunter project– exploring a staining protocol

Continuing from my previous post, I have now begun foldscoping pollen from various flowers. After the first trials, I even posted pictures from my first 9 flowers. However, I was greatly bothered that the pollen morphology seemed to change after staining. In particular post-staining they mostly looked spherical. I admit that the staining protocol I used…

Pollen from Hibiscus flower

Pollen grains from an unknown Hibiscus sp. The grains were collected by gently dabbing a tape slide against the anthers. Also included are some photos of the flower and plant the pollen was collected from.

Pollen – A first attempt at using FoldScope

  It was very difficult to juggle cameraphone + FoldScope + flexing + toushscreen shutter release, so the above is a crop from the very edge of the field of view. I dusted some pollen onto the included adhesive coverslips, which actually work really well as long as you methodically squeeze out the air to…