Wing scales of butterflies

Once I read on Facebook that the wings of butterflies were made of scales and that the “dust” you see when you touch a butterflie are actually the scales, that amazed me because I couldn’t imagine how was that possible. A few weeks ago I saw a little black and white wing on the floor…

Ant

Thats why ant pinch pain so much

Soros de helecho

Microfotografía de soros de helecho tomada utilizando el foldscope y cámara de teléfono celular.

Nematode from Palo Alto Baylands

I collected mud from the Harriet Mundy Marsh (see previous post) and captured this worm–likely a nematode-in my foldscope. #Bio60_2021

Aquarium nematode

Found this little guy in a pinch of aquarium algae. Best I can tell as a layman using https://nematode.unl.edu/nemakey.htm#38, this belongs to the genus Mononchus. They are predatory, consuming other microscopic animals including other nematodes, but apparently not parasitic (good news for my fish tank).

A beating heart, perhaps?

Our pond had been welcoming a lot of frog (or toad) visitors each night since the monsoon started. Recently, I found what I am pretty sure were frog eggs on the edge of the pond: they were jelly-coated, but pretty small, and not spherical – sort of shaped like pomegranate arils. When disturbed with a…

Pollinators’ paradise

Bees are a rare sight in the city. They are seen as a threat, and we humans are driving them to extinction. Yet, without them no life is possible on Earth. A passion fruit vine in my garden sees scores of pollinators every afternoon. What’s admirable is that both species that visit, honeybees and stingless…

Roasted seaweed snack

Presented are the methods and experimentally obtained images of a roasted seaweed snack under magnification via a Foldscope. This exercise was performed as part of Stanford’s BIOE 301C: Diagnostics Devices Lab. Methods. A Foldscope was obtained and assembled using the typical procedure. To hold the sample, the paper slides with rectangular windows (Fig. 1) was…

#EarthDay Plant Box Treasures

In celebration of #EarthDay, our youngsters headed outside to our plant boxes. We do not have open grounds since we live in the city but this did not stop them from enjoying the little treasures outside. #Kalachuchi #FoldscopePhilippines #foldscope #foldscopePH # #CitSci #CitizenScience #7lakesscience #7lakescistizenscience #7lakescitizenscientists #7lakescitizenscientiststeam

Spores, pollen, wonder and more

This is a documentation of two intended samples and one hitch-hiked sample, all very different from each other yet peacefully inhabiting the same square foot habitat. Plus one bonus sample at the end! When I first learnt about fern spores, I was intrigued by how an entire plant grew out of a microscopic grain, and…

Lilac Closeup

I examined three purple spring flowers in my yard (tulip, lilac, wild violet) expecting them to look similar at the cellular level. I was surprised how different they looked! Here is a picture of the lilac. Please see my other posts for pictures of the other flowers.

Tulip Closeup

I examined three purple spring flowers in my yard (tulip, lilac, wild violet) expecting them to look similar at the cellular level. I was surprised how different they looked! Here is a picture of the tulip. Please see my other posts for pictures of the other flowers.

Wild Violets in My Yard

I examined three purple spring flowers in my yard (tulip, lilac, wild violet) expecting them to look similar at the cellular level. I was surprised how different they looked! Here is a picture of the wild violet. What are the little alien-like tentacles? See my other posts for pictures of the other flowers.

some leaves

these cabbage leaves are from my garden and i think it looks so cool!

A Camera-shy Tardigrade!

My first tardigrade – and a surprise at that. I looked into my Foldscope, and, without panning or focusing, the first thing that I saw was a slightly blurred, but recognisable little creature! Yesterday I scraped off some lichens from two trees on my street. I think they were the same kind of lichens; they…

Bioluminescent microbe

This is the picture of a bioluminescent microbe while I was examing the microbes in the water sample that was collected from vellayani lake, Thiruvananthapuram, It is the first time spotting a bioluminescent microbe from this lake, It will be showing a fluorescent red color This is the picture of that microbe without exhibiting the...

Fern Pinnae

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My Hair

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