16 December 2013
Monday microbugs: Looking through my new AmScope
Posted by Callan Bentley
Recently, I bought a microscope for home use. This has been a longtime goal for me. I’ve dreamed of having my own microscope the way some guys fantasize about a Porsche 911.
It’s an AmScope model, and it has an attachment for a small digital camera that comes with the scope. While the scope is lots of fun, though a little small, I’ll admit that I’m not too impressed with the camera. It’s pretty pixelated and grainy, and focuses in on a very small portion (less than 10%, I’d guess) of the field of view in the scope when the camera is not inserted. So, with that in mind, here are a few close-up shots I took of three insects…
First, the compound eye of an ichneumonid wasp:
Here’s a little video showing the effect of changing the focus while shooting a digital movie:
Next, a moth… First, the eye:
And, second, the proboscis, all coiled up:
Next, consider this cute little green bug (a true bug, a hemipteran)… This shot is with a regular camera, to establish a sense of scale for the ensuing images…
You can see that he’s just over a centimeter long. Now, let’s go to the microscope…
Head, ventral surface, focus on eye:
Head, ventral surface, focus on the proboscis:
Head, dorsal surface, focus on eye:
Head, left side, focus on eye:
Terminus of the leg (“foot”??):
More leg-ends, with bristles and claws…
Here’s a video showing changing focus on the head…
I have a feeling that a certain small boy is going to have some fun with your new toy, bye-and-by…..
Maybe – he clearly doesn’t get the optics thing yet, though. He imitates me by “looking” through my spotting scope, by pressing his nose against the lens!