To celebrate biodiversity day, I am sharing a few observations that I made from a mini-zoo in my yard. This is inspired by both laks and manu who regularly create long-term cultures and follow them to observe how life evolves in a mini-ecosystem.
Here’s the old vase that I let fill with rainwater a few weeks ago. I topped it off with some excess water from the tap, added dead spiders and bees and forgot about it for a week.
Here’s a video of Daphnia (water flea) saying hello.
Next, as I looked around, I tons of tiny disc like objects. They reminded me of red blood cells. I had a guess if they could be. Before I give a hint, look at the pictures yourself and make an educated guess.
Ok. If you haven’t figured it out yet, here’s a hint video. (Just to share, I made a guess myself and then made this hint video, which is essentially a 5 min timelapse, to test my hypothesis.)
So if you watch the video closely and stare inside the eggs, you should see movement. I had guessed they were eggs of some kind, and I felt thrilled to know I was on the right track.
And so I created another slide in the hope of catching whatever was in there at a later stage of development. And boy did I get lucky! I caught one as it hatched and tried to escape from the egg.
So the objects are nematode eggs and here you see a nematode worm escaping!
Here are a few other things I observed in my ‘mini-zoo’.
A flatworm (?) I think zooming around. Check the video below.
I also observed a torpedo like flagellate and a ciliate. Maybe manu or laks can help ID.
I am excited to follow the mini-zoo, and will post updates next week to what else I find. Keep exploring the unimaginable biodiversity right in your backyards 🙂