The exotic insect

At the very beginning, I thought this is Lice but later it turned out to be a completely different one. This time I achieved the best visual clarity so far by implementing new illumination method -See (B) in part 3- Enjoy the observation! Sneak Peak of the observation: Step by step procedure.1- Sample.This year in…

Queen Ant wings

  A few days back ,I saw ants near the door and an insect with wings that  i belive  the Queen ant (motionless). Then I saw that the wings were different there were colourless patches in some area . First time in my life I wilfully plucked a wing ,gave me chills though it was…

Mirrors on the wings – story of Gulf Fritillary

On my usual walk outside with kids; I was met with a visual so stunningly beautiful.  I rubbed my eyes to believe what I had in front of me. An almost motionless butterfly glistening in the sun; shinning with mirrors on its wings. Let me repeat; yes “mirrors on the wings”.  To my advantage, the…

Butterfly Wing Structure – Transparency Edition

In the past I have posted about some of my experiences with the Foldscope in the Amazon rainforest, and more recently about investigating structural color in butterflies in the field (see here and here). I even just realized that others have made posts contributing to a butterfly scale database! For this particular trip to Ecuador,…

The Structure of a Bee Wing and How It Affects Flight (BioE Spr2015)

How can bees fly? One of my favorite quips is that scientists long ago succeeded in determining that bees cannot fly. Indeed, I always loved the way bees fly, like they are dangling a great mass beneath frantically flapping wings. We set out to explore the question: how does the structure of a bee’s wing…