Insect from Brooklyn, NY, USA

Insect found by my son and me indoors in Brooklyn, NY. Photo of front and back. Wondering what it is? My first camera photos with new Foldscope. The insect was about 2 or 3 mm long, walking slowly on the table. It seemed gentle, we thank it for its life so we can learn about…

Wings of Trichogramma chilonis, an important biocontrol agent

Trichogramma chilonis is one of the most widely used biocontrol agents in India. This minute parasitoid is capable of parasitising the eggs of a number of lepidopteran pests on a variety of agricultural crops. [Specimen obtained from Omprakash Navik]  

Mosquito larva ?

I just assembled my Foldscope two nights ago and because of work hadn’t had a chance to go in the field and find something, so I decided to look at what might be growing in a bath water recycling system I have on my porch. I was expecting to find the usual suspects that I…

Eating my rice

This post is dedicated to my wife’s good eyesight. She was preparing supper and just as she poured the rice in the pan, she called me: “what are these things in the rice?” The “things” were so tiny I couldn’t tell what they were with my bare sight. And even after having a better view…

Itchy exploration

The following images will make your head itch. If you are wondering what they show, let me tell you I have two kids and we live in Argentina (we’re in summer now). Yes! Lice! Never before I thought a louse would be a source of gratification for me. And that’s only because of Foldscope. Have…

Putting the Foldscope to the Test in the Amazon Rainforest

I made my first journey to the Peruvian Amazon about a year ago due to the discovery of a new kind of arachnid known as the ‘decoy spider‘. Since then, I’ve returned to a field site stationed at the Tambopata Research Center and have covered an array of new and interesting arthropods including glow worms and tentacled caterpillars….

From the City to the Jungle with the Foldscope

For the past few months, I’ve been conducting research in the Peruvian Amazon. But when I’m not trekking through the jungle, I’m based in Los Angeles, one of the largest cities in the U.S. So for this post I thought I’d compare and contrast a few things I’ve investigated with my Foldscope, but the moral…