When you get a decent microscope, you got to explore your world as much as possible. Since I got a microscope that is used with smartphones, which allows me to take microscopic photos effortlessly. Also, uHandy microscope uses stickers to collect samples, which is a very easy method to collect samples, I came up with this idea: why not try to find something which is abundant in our daily life but I never really see it before?
And there is one thing should be around us but we are not able to see them with our bare eyes, the dust mites.
I recently got the sense of feeling that when you really wanna do something and that something is good. The whole world is going to help you to make things happen. Why am I saying this? It all starts with the blog I am working on. Yes, this blog that you are reading. We decide to start uHandy blog in order to share with people about what they can get to put under microscopes. Then we started to find all kinds of materials to observe, insect, plants and even plankton in the water. And this time, we picked up a longhorn beetle in the front of our office door.
Plants are perfect to be observed under uHandy microscope. We tried with a kind of tree ferns this time. Ferns refer to plants that don’t blossom. The plant we observed this week is flying spider-monkey fern, which is native in Southern China, New Guinea, Taiwan and the Philippines. Flying spider-monkey fern gets its name by having new fronds looking like monkey’s arms. Since flying spider-monkey fern is a kind of tree ferns, you can expect that it can grow pretty tall, just like a tree. Most ferns don’t grow tall. But flying spider-monkey trees can grow up to 6-7m while their fronds can grow up to 2 m. (The leaf of ferns is called “frond”)
Playing with microscopes can be fun and interesting if you connect it with your everyday life. So we try to introduce you to candidates that we meet all the time around us. Last time, we tried cockroaches ([uLab] The most common insect on earth under the microscope). I admit that it is a bit hardcore to catch a cockroach. So, let’s try something easier this time. Mosquitoes, I bet everyone has encountered with these little fellas. But did you ever get a good chance to take a “close” look to them?
Cockroaches are perhaps the most common insects that we see in our everyday life (that’s very sad, I know), which makes them a perfect candidate to observe under the uHandy microscope. However, you need to conquer your fear to get one first. We picked up three parts of the roach- antennae, legs, and wings, to be observed under the uHandy microscope.