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This squash sample was taken only about 6 inches from the sample taken last time. There is different mites and some fruit fly larva on it. Funny thing about the fly larva, they crawl on there backs.
Sorry no worms in this one.

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Comment by Eve on November 29, 2008 at 10:21pm
The food sample kept moving because the fruit fly larva were pulling it around. It was not easy keeping the microscope in focas when the landscape moved about.
Comment by Steven Chow on December 1, 2008 at 1:52pm
I love these close up videos.. what kind of USB microscope did you say this was?
Comment by Eve on December 1, 2008 at 5:41pm
It is a Digital Blue microscope.
I ordered it from
They mostly have geeky office desk toy stuff.

The microscope takes video and still shots. It is a cheap one (hundred bucks with shipping) has lenses inside there is only 3 settings 10x 60x and 200x. The 200x is so small that the only thing it is good for is looking at smears. I have a little trouble keeping it in focus. At 60x something that is 1/16 inch thick can be in focus on the top and totally out of focus on the bottom.

I did have some trouble getting the microscope up and running. It doesn't work with vista. And i ended up hooking it up to my oldest computer (10+ years old) and sending the video to my laptop. Then using the new vista program to publish the movies. Even with all the extra steps i love my new toy anyway. When i was a kid my brother had a microscope and i don't recall even looking into it. Guess it helps having a subject I'm interested in.
Comment by Bentley Christie on January 12, 2010 at 10:39am
This is SO cool, Eve!!!!
I purchased an "Eyeclops" toy as an inexpensive means of getting close up images of worm bin critters - but the biggest issue is trying to keep it steady (and of course there is no good way to actually capture an image - let alone a video).
I've always planned to eventually get myself a good dissection scope with some sort of camera/video attachment, but this equipment is NOT cheap.

Isn't technology amazing?!? The fact that this sort of equipment is now readily available (and priced for the average consumer) is so cool!

Anyway - I know I'm am super late on this (just learned about it), but wanted to share my enthusiasm!
Comment by Eve on January 13, 2010 at 7:27pm
Thanks Bentley, i enjoy the enthusiasm.

I still love my microscope i keep hoping to get images of something new. But it seems that when i went to the flow through i ended up with less bugs in the bin not more. Well maybe someday i will have something spectacular. I do keep trying.

Don't worry about not seeing the videos when they were new. I know that if i miss a day, i miss whole conversations. There is so much happening here on vermicomposters that it seems to take a week or more to to catch up. And sometimes i only see something a couple months later.


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