Friday, May 4, 2018

Mosquito Madness

One spring day I was aimlessly cleaning out the goat water buckets.  As I peered down into the water bucket there were odd looking red and brown squiggly things in the water.  I could hardly see them.  

Oh oh time to change the water!

Little did I realize at the time was that these tiny larvae would be the big stars at the next science lab.  
I recruited my daughter-in-law Megan Image may contain: one or more people, sky, ocean, sunglasses, cloud, beard, outdoor and water who is an expert with a microscope and pesky things (because she is married to our son Nathan) to help me look at them up close and personal.                                                                    (algae)       
These are some of the first photo's we took with my Amscope Microscope

Then we recorded some videos of them as we dived into observing the beauty of these pesky little creatures.
Next, we looked at them with another microscope.  This is a microscope I have my eye on but have not made the financial plunge just yet...  It is a Celestron USB microscope.                                         
                                          Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope
You can find these handy little gems on Amazon for as low as $20!   I use them quite frequently in the lab.

One little kindergarten student who came to the class with her school accidentally broke her mosquito larvae in half!  Horrors!!  She was almost in tears until I reminded her that

We swat adult mosquitoes all the time!  OK???

Mosquitoes have an interesting life cycle.  This video explains it quite succinctly.

We took lots more photos during the class.  Click here to see them all.  

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