Parts of a cockroach- Anal cerci, wing and mouth

College : CMR National PU College, ITPL, Bengaluru Sample: Periplaneta americana (cockroach) Site of sample collection: CMR National PU College, ITPL Date of Collection: 19 February 2019 Date of Observation: 19 February 2019 Students involved: Navyaa Shah, A.S.Vidisha, Malavika Rajesh OBSERVATIONS: Different parts of the cockraoch body were viewed under the foldscope to produce clear and sharp…

Butterfly Wings – A World of Color

I’ve had the chance to observe some interesting organisms and structures with my Foldscope thus far and my new favorite subject is the butterfly wing. Butterflies and moths belong to the order Lepidoptera and all members have scales covering their bodies and wings (in Latin, lepis means scale and ptera means wing). With over 180,000 described species,…

Wing Scales & Structural vs Pigment Color

  In the Peruvian Amazon, one can find a stunning array of butterflies along the river banks during the day. But wait, that’s no butterfly! The beautiful green Lepidoptera in the image above is actually a diurnal moth in the family Uraniidae. These moths are commonly seen gathered at mud puddles where they lap up important nutrients…