Honey bee Pollen brush through Foldscope

A honey bee (also spelled honeybee) is a eusocial flying insect within the genus Apis of the bee clade. They are known for construction of perennial, colonial nests from wax, for the large size of their colonies, and for their surplus production and storage of honey, The hairs cover the insect’s eyes and entire body…

Housefly head parts morphology through Foldscope

The house fly, Musca domestica Linnaeus, is a well-known cosmopolitan pest of both farm and home. This species is always found in association with humans or the activities of humans. Most flies have three ocelli arranged at the vertices of a triangle, with a median ocellus and two posterior and lateral. The ocelli are arranged…

Housefly rostrum through Foldscope

The house fly, Musca domestica Linnaeus, is a well-known cosmopolitan pest of both farm and home. This species is always found in association with humans or the activities of humans. The proboscis is divided into terminal disc-like label/urn a middle hausteilum and a basal rostrum. The rostrum is connected to head and hausteilum is the…

Housefly labellum through Foldscope

The house fly, Musca domestica Linnaeus, is a well-known cosmopolitan pest of both farm and home. This species is always found in association with humans or the activities of humans. The labella are two separate organs, attached to the proboscis only at their bases, but in the flies with short antennae, such as the house…

Antlion body surface through Foldscope

Scientific name: Myrmeleon sp. (Neuroptera: Myrmeleonidae)  Antlions have long clear wings with many veins and long delicate bodies. Some of them have dark markings or spots of color in the wings. Plumose hairs are scattered on the dorsal and ventral part of the body. Short, club-shaped bristles with a cut off tip, named dolichasters are…

Antlion mouthparts through Foldscope

Scientific name: Myrmeleon sp.(Neuroptera: Myrmeleonidae) Antlions have long clear wings with many veins and long delicate bodies. Some of them have dark markings or spots of color in the wings. Antlions have short but conspicuous antennae that are enlarged at the end. Antlions are likely to be found at lights at night but can be…

Saltatorial insect legs with claws under Foldscope

The claws are the final (furthest from the body) segment in the leg of an insect. Most insects possess two claws on each leg. Claws are present in the saltatorial leg types are observed and identified through foldscope.

Saltatorial leg type of Grasshopper under Foldscope

Saltatorial legs are the type of the enlarged hind legs adapted for jumping. These legs are characterized by an elongated femur and tibia. Ex: Grasshoppers, crickets and Katydids (Orthoptera). Spines are present on the tibia are observed and identified using Foldscope.

Pterostigma in dragonfly wing through Foldscope

A pterostigma is a group of specialized cells in the outer wings of insects, which are often thickened or coloured, and thus stand out from other cells. It is particularly noticeable in dragonflies but presents also in other insect groups, such as snakeflies, hymenopterans, and megalopterans. The pterostigma is a dark pigmented spot on the…

Dragonfly nodus through Foldscope

                   Dragonfly has excellent flight performance and maneuverability due to the complex vein structure of the wing. In this research, nodus as an important structural element of the dragonfly wing is identified and confirmed through an experimental foldscope visualization approach. Three vein structures were fabricated as, open-nodus structure, closed-nodus structure (with a flex-limiter) and rigid…

Filiform Antenna through Foldscope

The antennae of insect are often called ‘feelers’ because the insect waves them around. This is the wrong name because they are not only used for touch. The antennae are actually the insects ‘nose’ – they are used for the sense of smell. The paired antennae are made up of a number of individual joints….

Thrips classification using Foldscope

There are more than 6,000 thrips species sucking the life from plants all over the world. A common pest found in greenhouses and indoor/ outdoor gardens, thrips damage plants by sucking their juices and scraping at fruits, flowers, and leaves. Plant leaves may turn pale, splotchy, and silvery, then die. Injured plants are twisted, discolored…

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 03

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. Lets continue… Next stop was Hampta Pass (32.2703698 N 77.3465824 E; 4277 m above sea level) Next campsite was Sheagoru (32.2781109 N 77.3549425 E; 3949 m above sea level) Here ends our Journey…

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 02

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. Lets continue… We further trekked to our next campsite i.e., Chika (32.2821 N 77.2558635 E; 2998 m above sea level) Next camp major camp site was Bhalu ka Ghera (32.2801933 N 77.2967295 E;…

Foldscope, Tardigrade and The Himalayas Part 01

Hey folks, here’s a post about my journey in the Himalayas with Foldscope. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. My current endeavour on Tardigrades (water bears) started as a passion for Astrobiology, these tiny creatures are known to survive extreme environment conditions (i.e., low or high temperatures/pressures, high dosage of X-rays/gamma rays/UV…

Documentation on the Collection of Cattle ticks

In response to Dr.Manu Prakash’s comment on our previous post, we are presenting the process of tick collection and the surroundings from which the ticks were collected. The ticks were collected from the cow  which had come to Large Animal Clinic (LAC) , Madras Veterinary College  on 27th September 2018 with the following symptoms:  fever,…

Tardigrades of Banerghatta National Park

Hey folks, Here’s a post about Tardigrades. Follow me on Twitter and Researchgate to know more. Bannerghatta National Park, near Bangalore, Karnataka. A portion of the park has become a biological reserve, the Bannerghatta Biological Park. It is a popular tourist destination with a zoo, a pet corner, an animal rescue centre, a butterfly enclosure,…

Contaminated water sample

Water sample collected from garden tank and visualized under foldscope Submitted by CSIR-CECRI, Karaikudi 

A gift that keeps on giving – flowers from Mother’s Day 

Here I share an incredible source of microscopic biodiversity; which others in the Foldscope community will find fruitful to explore as well. I am often looking for ponds and lakes to sample single cell Protozoa I can find. I truly enjoy watching these “little machines” and the pleasure of finding new ones is immense.  So…

Arthropod Soil Biodiversity and Foldscope-DSLR Camera Hack

It has been a while since my last post on butterfly wing scales – since then I’ve been thinking up some directions to apply the Foldscope to a more in-depth study on biodiversity in the Amazon rainforest. When I initially played with the Foldscope in the jungle, I had the idea to take one scoop of soil to see what…