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…

A parasitoid mite

This is a mite – probably a larva belonging to the Erythraeidae family. I picked it up from a harvestman (Acanthopachylus aculeatus, image here) the mite was parasitizing. I’d rather have used glass slides and coverslips but couldn’t find any here in Uruguay where I am right now.

DC Micronauts (2016). Foldscoop. 1:1

One of the things that Manu and I spoke about after our workshop experiences was to explore the microcosmos with a small group of foldscopers. A few of us in the DC area organized a local foldscope club of about 12 individuals, aptly called the “DC micronauts” (thanks for the name Manu). We range in age from 6-45…