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by SunshineLW
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Cuterebra lepivora (aka., Rodent Bot Fly)
Replies: 0
Views: 922

Cuterebra lepivora (aka., Rodent Bot Fly)

I recently scored a Cuterebra lepivora adult female fly. This pretty little fly was once a botfly larvae that developed in the skin and subcutaneous tissues of a small mammal (ex., dog, cat, rabbit, squirrel, other rodent). All images are focus-stacked micrographs taken using an Amscope stereomicros...
by SunshineLW
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: Uneven color across photomicrographs
Replies: 13
Views: 959

Re: Uneven color across photomicrographs

What lens (if any) are you using in the trinoc port below the amscope camera? Thanks for looking into this thing for me, Scarodactyl. The only lens below the camera is the Amscope 0.5X reduction lens ( https://www.amscope.com/0-5x-c-mount-reduction-lens-for-mu-series-cameras.html ) that is attached...
by SunshineLW
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: BH2 UMA to MTV3 Adapter
Replies: 6
Views: 2467

Re: BH2 UMA to MTV3 Adapter

Totally badass! Going hard with that 3d printer!
by SunshineLW
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Microscopes and optics
Topic: Uneven color across photomicrographs
Replies: 13
Views: 959

Uneven color across photomicrographs

I'm not sure if this is the right section of the forum for this post, but I have a question for all you microscope heads out there pertaining to my microscope's optics. My microscope setup: Olympus BH-2 BHS, Olympus halogen illuminator, Olympus achromat 0.9 condenser, Olympus Aplanat Achromat 1.4 oi...
by SunshineLW
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Identification help
Topic: Mold, bacteria biofilm, parasite, or something else?
Replies: 4
Views: 3267

Re: Mold, bacteria biofilm, parasite, or something else?

This does not look like any parasite that I have ever seen. It poorly resemble some flagellate parasites (ex., Tritrichomonas , Giardia ); however, for this to be a protozoa, it would be need to be hundreds to thousands of times smaller. Of course, I have no doubt that there are undocumented monster...
by SunshineLW
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Identification help
Topic: Unknown blood cells in blood sample
Replies: 6
Views: 2166

Re: Unknown blood cells in blood sample

They are NOT "acanthocytes" as noted above. Acanthocytes (aka., Spur cell, or burr cell) are characterized by 1-20 irregularly spaced, membrane projections of variable lengths; projections may be blunt spurs or clubs. Unlike the cells in your video, acanthocytes tend to have longer, more irregular ...
by SunshineLW
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Magnifying Glass
Replies: 6
Views: 3190

Magnifying Glass

An acquaintance of mine has a micro habitat with pond sludge, and wants a closer look at some of the organisms using a magnifying glass (not a microscope). Does anyone have any experience with magnifying glasses? Any recommendations for an affordable magnifying glass?
by SunshineLW
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Identification help
Topic: Bacteria
Replies: 9
Views: 2712

Re: Bacteria

I see tetrads of cocci, clusters/ packets of cocci, bacilli, and coccobacilli. That's about as detailed as you can get without culture or mass spec. Species identification is not possible with only light microscopy in most cases.
by SunshineLW
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Identification help
Topic: Sporangium of fungi?
Replies: 2
Views: 1756

Re: Sporangium of fungi?

It is a member of the family Mucoraceae, likely a Mucor , Rhizomucor , or Rhizopus . It is an immature sporangium though, notice how thick the wall is and the lack of obvious spores inside. You need the entire structure, intact, including the point of origin on the hypha and preferably, a mature sp...
by SunshineLW
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Photo stacking transparent objects
Replies: 2
Views: 1011

Re: Photo stacking transparent objects

I've stacked objects larger than 100-200 micrometers thick. It is possible, but it can take hours to re-touch the final image, selecting only the areas of each image in the image stack that you wish to appear in the final stacked image. It is an unusual art consisting of both photography and digital...
by SunshineLW
Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Identification help
Topic: Sporangium of fungi?
Replies: 2
Views: 1756

Sporangium of fungi?

I found this in a pile of hay. I think it is the sporangium of some type of fungi because it still has an attached remnant of stalk. Can anybody confirm? Better yet, can anybody identify genus?
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by SunshineLW
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Identification help
Topic: Diatom Identification
Replies: 1
Views: 935

Re: Diatom Identification

I cannot help you with the ID, but it is a beautiful organism and a well-taken image!
by SunshineLW
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Identification help
Topic: Help identification
Replies: 8
Views: 2058

Re: Help identification

hei, i think it's the trematoda egg with out egg cap. It is very unlikely to be a trematode egg without the cap (opercula). Reasons why this may not be a trematode egg: 1. Hatched trematode egg shells retain their dark brown/ golden color. 2. Trematode eggs are very dense and rapidly sink to the bo...
by SunshineLW
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Amoeba meets its nemesis
Replies: 9
Views: 1418

Re: Amoeba meets its nemesis

Nice work on figuring it out. Its an awesome video.
by SunshineLW
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Amoeba meets its nemesis
Replies: 9
Views: 1418

Re: Amoeba meets its nemesis

actinophrys wrote:Did you see it enter? Because my impression is that this looks a lot like a ciliate escaping from a resting cyst; it would be an unusual test, having almost no opening to pass out through.
I agree. It looks like the excystation of an organism.
by SunshineLW
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Parasitic Protozoan Oocyst
Replies: 4
Views: 879

Re: Parasitic Protozoan Oocyst

coominya wrote:8 years! Poor cat. I hope it's cured now. Nice photos.
vasselle wrote:Bonjour
Belle images
Et j’espère que le chat ira mieux
Cordialement seb
PNWmossnerd wrote:Beautiful image of the oocyte!
Thank you for the compliments coominya, vasselle, and PNWmossnerd!
by SunshineLW
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Specimens, samples and slides
Topic: Rapid and Efficient Method for Isolation, Concentration, and/or Cleaning of Diatoms (or other small organisms)?
Replies: 1
Views: 1580

Rapid and Efficient Method for Isolation, Concentration, and/or Cleaning of Diatoms (or other small organisms)?

First off, let me start by saying that the following is essentially "diatom hunting" from an ignorant, parasitologist's perspective. I know almost nothing about diatoms (except for what I have read on www.microbehunter.com ). Therefore, my ramblings could be completely irrelevant and/or obvious to ...
by SunshineLW
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: I have finally found some diatoms
Replies: 14
Views: 1738

Re: I have finally found some diatoms

EDIT: I have posted a separate thread about this in the forum for "Specimens, samples, and slides." It is more complete and contains images: http://www.microbehunter.com/microscopy-forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=6467 I have never "cleaned" diatoms but I do know how to perform a fecal sedimentation, whi...
by SunshineLW
Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Man-faced beetle pano using microscope
Replies: 12
Views: 1395

Re: Man-faced beetle pano using microscope

Skillful work, Aenima. You should be proud! I, too, am guilty of ebay insect scavenging! Well worth it! The detail in the hairs on the hind tarsus is very nice.

p.s. I am now following you on flickr... do you have 2 flickr accounts?
by SunshineLW
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Parasitic Protozoan Oocyst
Replies: 4
Views: 879

Parasitic Protozoan Oocyst

I found some coccidia (parasitic, apicomplexan protozoa) in the stool of a cat with chronic diarrhea of ~8 years duration. We recommended testing the other cat in the household, and he was also infected. Cystoisospora felis (aka., feline coccidia) unsporulated oocyst found in the fecal flotation of ...
by SunshineLW
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Mediterranean Copepod
Replies: 9
Views: 988

Re: Mediterranean Copepod

legit stacking. Nice work.
by SunshineLW
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Identification help
Topic: a kind of Amoeba?
Replies: 10
Views: 2865

Re: a kind of Amoeba?

Sweet images and video. Amazing technique. You are correct about the Entamoeba being a parasite. Entamoeba is a genus of parasitic protozoa that can be either non-pathogenic or pathogenic. Pathogenic forms may damage the host's intestines and liver, often causing diarrhea. Entamoeba histolytica trop...
by SunshineLW
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Sheep Nose Bot (Oestrus ovis)
Replies: 1
Views: 497

Sheep Nose Bot (Oestrus ovis)

On the left is Ludo, the giant beast from the movie Labyrinth . On the right is the butt end (i.e., the spiracles) of a Sheep Nose Bot ( Oestrus ovis ) larva, which makes its home in the warm, snotty nasal passages of sheep. When the larva has matured, it falls to the ground, burrows into the dirt, ...
by SunshineLW
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Mosquito
Replies: 7
Views: 903

Re: Mosquito

Awesome image!
by SunshineLW
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Marine Diatoms reinberg
Replies: 3
Views: 684

Re: Marine Diatoms reinberg

Sweet technique, thank you for sharing. I love the background.
by SunshineLW
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Diatomacious Earth
Replies: 4
Views: 774

Re: Diatomacious Earth

Very nice! I didn't know it looked like that. Thanks for sharing!
by SunshineLW
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Cristaux de sucre
Replies: 12
Views: 1397

Re: Cristaux de sucre

Incredible images. Absolutely breathtaking!
by SunshineLW
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Acarien
Replies: 5
Views: 699

Re: Acarien

Dude, this is incredible! Thank you for sharing!
by SunshineLW
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Pictures and Videos
Topic: Marine Diatom (Live)
Replies: 16
Views: 1618

Re: Marine Diatom (Live)

Very pretty specimen and image!
by SunshineLW
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Resources (online, books etc.)
Topic: The Monster Hunter's Guide to Veterinary Parasitology
Replies: 6
Views: 2906

Re: The Monster Hunter's Guide to Veterinary Parasitology

Very impressive body of work. We do "Micronaut" programs for kids -- and for the ones old enough to look at these "monsters" as a curiosity or challenge to medicine rather than a nightmare, this will be a tremendous resource. Well done. Thanks. Hey Pete, thank you for the very kind complement. Plea...