QX3 Digital Image Gallery
Mayflies spend their larval lives in fresh and stagnant pond water, and are readily collected and photographed with the QX3 microscope using darkfield illumination. These tiny insects spend most of their life cycle in water, where they breathe through gills and consume plant material. Most of the 700 species of mayflies that have been identified have aquatic larvae.
Mayfly nymph at 10x Magnification
Mayfly nymph body at 60x Magnification
Mayfly nymph tail at 200x Magnification
Darkfield illumination digital images were captured using an Intel Play QX3 computer microscope modified for reflected light darkfield illumination. Oblique light was applied to the specimens using light pipes from a Dolan-Jenner Model 180 fiber optics illuminator containing a 150 watt projection lamp. The mixing chamber and diffusion screen were removed from the stage and a large piece of dark construction paper placed beneath the stage to avoid images of the paper being superimposed over the photomicrographs.
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