Antlion mouthparts through Foldscope

Scientific name: Myrmeleon sp.(Neuroptera: Myrmeleonidae) Antlions have long clear wings with many veins and long delicate bodies. Some of them have dark markings or spots of color in the wings. Antlions have short but conspicuous antennae that are enlarged at the end. Antlions are likely to be found at lights at night but can be…

Filiform Antenna through Foldscope

The antennae of insect are often called ‘feelers’ because the insect waves them around. This is the wrong name because they are not only used for touch. The antennae are actually the insects ‘nose’ – they are used for the sense of smell. The paired antennae are made up of a number of individual joints….

Thrips classification using Foldscope

There are more than 6,000 thrips species sucking the life from plants all over the world. A common pest found in greenhouses and indoor/ outdoor gardens, thrips damage plants by sucking their juices and scraping at fruits, flowers, and leaves. Plant leaves may turn pale, splotchy, and silvery, then die. Injured plants are twisted, discolored…

Thrips under foldscope

Thrips, order Thysanoptera, are tiny, slender insects with fringed wings. They feed by puncturing the epidermal (outer) layer of host tissue and sucking out the cell contents, which results in stippling, discolored flecking, or silvering of the leaf surface.


We are so much excited to share this, we have explained about foldscope and its usage as well as necessity in the field of Genetics and Plant Breeding to our eminent scientists Dr Phundan Singh and Dr Lohitashwa sir. They were amazed to hear and discussed about it at various issues related to foldscope.

Movement of Roundworm under foldscope

It is always excitement to observe the curious minute living things under foldscope. This time we observed roundworms (C. elegans) through foldscope . We observed carefully their structure and movements.  

Trichomes on Rice Lemma

Today I observed rice seed under foldscope. I am thrilled to see trichomes on its surface, furthur started to see number of trichomes and density. Need to refer rice seed trichome related litrature for furthur studies.