Insect Scorpion

This little insect is too small to be seen clearly with unaided eyes. It looks black in colour and it randomly bit me, it’s bite is just like a sting of a mosquito. I don’t know what it’s called hence, I name this little insect ‘Insect Scorpion’.


Bird feather, filoplume under the foldscope.

Sea Urchin Embryonic Development

Hello Foldscope community. Over the course of 48 hours, using the amazing Foldscope, I documented the embryonic development of a sea urchin. Thanks to my Foldscope and my refrigerator, during this time of COVID-19 I can still do research from the comfort (and safety) of my home. Check out these images! I collected the sperm…

Foldscopic view of surgical mask 3 ply

Pre-Introduction / COVID pandemicIt’s time to question everything we do and change our systems.As we witnessed the need in this pandemic, how much people should have been more systematic and have been working in large scale groups. Moreover, the importance of enabling local communities to lead their ecosystem development because as many as large entities…

Science OR Sports? Find what students chose!!

I was about to leave home to do another workshop in school, interestingly by chance I found those interesting triple together. So it was a great sample to take and show to students. Note* Media found below last one On 4th December we had a workshop in a new primary school for 4 & 5…

Congo-Bound Foldscopes

I’ve got 200 Foldscopes packed in my suitcases as I head to Congo this Thursday on a personal visit back to my Peace Corps village. Dr. Prakash tells me these are the first in Congo and I’m excited to help find the schools and teach the students how to use them. I know that for…

First Soil

As you all know, nature can be fascinating, more specific, biology. Soil for me was the most fascinating and I was curious, what does soil look like up close? The soil is my first sample during a vacation. For some reason, it looked like soil was nothing on a Foldscope, although it looked like it…


Tomopteris is a marine planktonic group of polychaete worms. They are very common in all they oceans and seas, many of them living in the deep-sea. All of these tomopteris species emit blue light, called luminescence. Tomopteris helgolandica emits also a yellow light. All Tompteris are transparant . It feeds on other plankton members. (…

Fungus grown on bark

I came across this fungus growing on dead bark of betel nut tree. I picked few fungus, observed there and then using paper slide and cello-tape which I carry in my foldscope kit. I collected the bark sample to prepare the slide of the fungus using Lactophenol blue stain for identification.

Holotrich Protozoa identification in a field setting

DBT Foldscope scheme – “Foldscope for diagnosis of Rumen acidosis and Parasitic infection in cattle”. This post is in response to Manu Prakash’s comment on our previous post (Holotrich protozoa – from Rumen fluid). Rumen fluid was collected from an healthy cow  (Figure 1) in a sterile container (figure 2).  A drop of rumen fluid was…

Spores of Fern

Ferns are reproduced from spores that are gathered in clusters called sori, which are usually on the underside of the fronds. The spores can be yellow, green, brown, or black. The sori are sometimes covered with a membrane called an indusium, which will lift up when the spores are ripe.

Foldscopes at UCT Youth Open Day – 4/30/19

Last Tuesday, the University of Cape Town (UCT) opened its doors to some eager high school students from local township schools for a Youth Open Day outreach event. This event was organized by a lovely UCT medical student I met recently, Theodora, who is part of the Career Development UCT Surgical Society. I met Theo…

Glimpse | Foldscope local community explorations

This time I am sharing with you content created by local Foldscope community in Iraq. See their nice footages! Also, let us know your opinions and what could be improved. Videos 1- Edit \ Unknown insect – front view.(It looks microscopically like a lice). 2- Edit \ Unknown insect – back view + wings(It looks…

Life in a drop of water

Student Name: Anjali Manoj College/School: CMR National PU College, ITPL, Bangalore. Specimen: Water Sample Specimen collected from:  Fish Pond at a household garden in Bangalore on 24th March, 2019 Specimen observed at: CMR National PU College at ITPL, Bangalore on 25th March, 2019 On the 24th of March, I collected some water from a fish pond at…

Embryonic development of human lice

If you have kids, you probably already know all about lice. Or maybe you think you know all about lice – and you just want to crush it. But wait, just wait a second, pull out your foldscope next time anyone talks about lice and give it a good strong look. And you can crush…

Pollen of Wild almond flower

Wild Almond Tree is a soft wooded tree that can grow up to 115 feet tall. The origin of the name of the bad-smelling Sterculia genus comes from the Roman god, Sterquilinus, who was the god of fertilizer or manure. 

Aphids from Fenugreek plant

I found these while inspecting what looked like white specs of dust on fenugreek (Methi in India) leaves of my garden. The video also shows a larger aphid with what could possibly be an egg in its hind. Thanks to the Foldscope team that replied and guided me on Instagram. I learned something new!

Larval stages of Filarial nematodes

One milliliter of blood was mixed with nine milliliter of 2% formalin. The mixture was centrifuged at 5,000 rpm for 5 min and the supernatant was discarded. To the sediment, few drops of methylene blue solution was added. A drop of the solution was placed on slide with a cover slip above and examined under…

Wiggly Water Bears

This charismatic creature is called a tardigrade (also known as a water bear). The scientific name for the animal shown here is Hypsibius exemplaris. These amazing animals were kindly provided to the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Embryology Class during Summer 2018 by Dr. Bob Goldstein from UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Goldstein’s lab has turned these resilient…

Brine shrimp

I got some brine shrimp cyst (Artemia salina) for fish feeding and got to witness its hatching.

Brachiolaria larva

Brachiolaria is the second stage of larval development in many starfishes. it has bilateral symmetry.

Obelia colony

Obelia is a marine colony of hydroid organisms. Each colony of Obelia consists of a horizontal thread-like root called hydrorhiza which is attached to a weed or any substratum ,Obelia is a marine colony of hydroid organisms.

Ovule of Hibiscus and its transverse section

These are the flower’s eggs, located inside the ovary. Upon fertilization by pollen, they will eventually grow into a seed. In fruit plants, pollen will not only spark the growth of a seed, but a surrounding fruit as well.

An Aurelia scyphistoma

The scyphistoma is a sessile, larval (non-reproductive) stage of Aurelia, which in time turns into a strobila. Scyphistoma sometime multiplies by budding from stolons. After some time scyphistoma undergoes transverse fission at its oral end, a process called strobilation.  .