Foldscope Observations: Plants and Insects

Sample 1: Tip of a dead leaf

1: This is a picture of the magnified image seen from the foldscope of a dead leaf. The leaf appears brownish. The sample was obtained from a fallen leaf from a tree outside of Dabney courtyard at 13:10, May 16. We picked up the leaf from the grass and cut off a fragment to use as the sample. The species of the tree is oak.

Location where we picked up the dead leaf

Sample 2: Stem of a flower

2: This is a picture of the magnified image seen from the foldscope of a white flower. In the picture, the green stem of the flower can be observed. The sample was obtained from the lawn between Parson and Dabney at 13:11, May 16. We picked up the flower from the grass and cut off a fragment to use as the sample. The species of the flower is Geranium wilfordii Maxim.

Location where we obtained the sample

Sample 3: Stamens of a fallen purple flower

3: This is a picture of the magnified image seen from the foldscope of stamens of a purple flower. Semi-clear tubes and their tips can be observed. The sample was obtained from the lawn beside Millikan pond at 13:50, May 16. We picked up the flower from the grass and cut off its stamens to use as the sample. The species of the flower is Jacaranda mimosifolia.

Location where we picked up the purple flower
Sample 4: Seeds from a lavender

4: This is a picture of the magnified image seen from the foldscope of a seed of a lavender flower. Hair growing out of the seed can be observed. The sample was obtained from the lawn beside Millikan pond at 13:52, May 16. We ripped a seed from the lavender plant to use as the sample. The species is Lavendula angustifolia.

Location where we obtained the lavender seed

Sample 5: Legs of a dead ant
Sample 5: head of the same ant

5: This is a picture of the magnified image seen from the foldscope of a dead ant. The legs and the head can be observed. The sample was obtained from the rose garden beside Millikan pond at 13:54, May 16. We killed the ant (by accident) and used it as a sample. The species is Pogonomyrmex badius.

Sample 6: Abdomen of a live ant

6: This is a picture of the magnified image seen from the foldscope of a live ant. We are seeing the abdomen of the ant. The sample was obtained from the rose garden beside Millikan pond at 13:55, May 16. We caught the ant alive and used it as a sample. The species is Pogonomyrmex badius.

Location where we caught the ants

When working on this assignment, I (Xiaoqi Catherine Long) collaborated with Happy Wenjun Chang and Erika Shuyue Yu. We collected the samples together but used separate foldscopes to take the pictures.

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