Gastrotrichs – the ephemeral little mermaids of nature

I’ve been checking on my hay infusion for quite some time now. On my last post, I described my observation that the bdelloid rotifer population has boomed so much that they became visible to the naked eye. Alongside this development, I also noticed that the population and diversity of protozoans have significantly decreased. Now, it’s…

A glimpse of the rotifers living in my hay infusion

Last month, I collected some pond water samples from my university and decided to make a simple hay infusion setup at home to see what microbes I can successfully culture. To make the hay infusion, I gathered some dried grass and dead leaves near the pond area (which we call “the lagoon”) and boiled them…

Observing freshwater microorganisms that can live on top of a tree!

Last month, I had the chance to enjoy a bit of my summer vacation by going to a beach in the serene province of Zambales in the Philippines. Initially, I only planned to catch some marine zooplankton as I thought those creatures would be very interesting to look at under the foldscope, and would make…

I finally found a live face mite!

Ever since I learned about the existence of Demodex (face mites) and its presence in almost every human being a couple of months ago, I decided to look for one as I thought it would be an interesting creature to observe under the foldscope. But soon, I realized that it was very hard to find…

The complex geometry of our skin cells

Recently I’ve been trying to find face mites by sticking some clear tape on my forehead and cheeks. I still haven’t found one yet (I should probably stick the tape on my face longer) but what I do find consistently are these dead skin cells: At first, I never paid much attention on them as…