Eating my rice

This post is dedicated to my wife’s good eyesight. She was preparing supper and just as she poured the rice in the pan, she called me: “what are these things in the rice?” The “things” were so tiny I couldn’t tell what they were with my bare sight. And even after having a better view…

A parasitoid mite

This is a mite – probably a larva belonging to the Erythraeidae family. I picked it up from a harvestman (Acanthopachylus aculeatus, image here) the mite was parasitizing. I’d rather have used glass slides and coverslips but couldn’t find any here in Uruguay where I am right now.

Itchy exploration

The following images will make your head itch. If you are wondering what they show, let me tell you I have two kids and we live in Argentina (we’re in summer now). Yes! Lice! Never before I thought a louse would be a source of gratification for me. And that’s only because of Foldscope. Have…

First shot with Foldscope

I’m not sure what this is, but it seems like an arthropod. While I was waiting my Foldscope to arrive to Argentina, I prepared a small pond water container with some decaying algae, copepods and water fleas. The first image is a stalk of 3 pictures taken with the Foldscope. The creature shown was less than…