Foldscope kindles curiosity among farmers at Krishi Mela in Bengaluru

We demonstrated the Foldscope for hundreds of farmers at Krishi Mela held at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru. They were very curious and surprised to see minute pests under the Foldscope. We also demonstrated specimen separation, slide preparation, etc. The farmers were from several districts like Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru Urban, Chamarajanagara, Mysuru, Chikkaballapura, Kolar,…

Trichogramma embryophagum under foldscope

Trichogramma embryophagum

It is an exotic species of Trichogramma. Apple codling moth is a targetted pest of T. embryophagum Thanks to Dr.Y.Lalitha

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.

Mosquito larva under foldscope

The mosquito larva has a well-developed head with mouth brushes used for feeding, a large thorax with no legs, and a segmented abdomen.  

Whitefly captured under foldscope

Whiteflies are the pests that typically feed on the undersides of plant leaves. Both adult and nymph whiteflies feed by sucking plant juices out of the foliage. Whiteflies have an extremely wide host range, including tomato, mustard, cabbage, cucumber,  and soybeans.They present major problems in crop protection. 

Fungus-infected aphid

Aphids brush against microscopic spores and they are killed by secondary infection of fungus.

Various parts of neuropteran larva

The larvae are specialised predators with elongated mandibles adapted for piercing and sucking. They feed on aphids and other pest insects and have been used for biological control.

Movement of Tetranychus urticae observed under foldscope

  Tetranychus urticae, commonly known as two-spotted spider mite is a plant feeding mite considered as a major pest of many crops all over the world. It sucks the sap from the leaves and causes severe yellowing which leads to ultimate death of the plant.