Insects without Borders


Lepisma saccharina

Stanislaw Staszics Primary School, Warsaw, Poland, November 2011

This week we received a rather unusual, but very exciting request. A Professor from the state of Michigan in the United States wrote Science House Foundation and asked us if he could use one of the pictures posted by our grantees in the Stanislaw Staszics Primary School in Warsaw, Poland. He works at the Microbiology department of the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Medical Center, and is putting together an insect guide so that his students can learn about all the insects in an easier way.

We are so pleased that this student discovery will go on to help other students. One of the purposes of the MicroGlobalScope program is to create collaborative science learning experiences around microscopy. This takes that learning exchange to a new level.

Here is a thank you letter from him to the students in Poland:

To the students of Stanislaw Staszics Primary School in Warsaw, Poland,

Thank you very much for the use of your photo. I am responsible for training medical technology students during their hospital rotation part of their school–this is when they actually get to practice what they learned from books.  Medical technology covers many areas of medicine, including hematology, the study of blood; chemistry, the various levels of chemical composition of blood; immunohematology, blood transfusion, antibody identification, and blood typing; pathology, study of disease; and microbiology, the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and arthropods.

For many years, technologists have fumbled through dichotomous keys as well as drawings and illustrations, which were made by previous educators, to try to identify parasites and arthropods.  I am now creating a study guide that incorporates a color atlas of arthropods.  It is said, “A picture is worth a thousand words;” well, your photographs are worth a million words.  Please continue with your fabulous photography and enjoy where it takes you.  Science is a very fulfilling career. You certainly are helping many students in the United States of America to be able to identify important vectors of disease.


Bruce A. White, Department of Microbiology, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Medical Center, Pontiac, Michigan USA

Spring in Poland

Summer is almost here but on our photos you can still see spring. We took photos of beautiful blossoming, cheasnut trees and colourful flowers. We photographed them in Warsaw. A couple weeks ago we went five days with our whole class to a place in Poland called Janów Lubelski. When we were on our trip we had a lot of attractions. We played , had fun, and saw the wild part of Poland that we never expected on our photographs you can also see the interesting spring that we have never seen before.






Human blood

Lately we have been studing scary and exciting things.In our photos and videos you will see a drop of blood.We hope we didn’t scare you!



Molds are fungi that grow in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. Some molds cause or food spoilage; others play an important role in biodegradation or in the production of various foods, beverages, antibiotics and enzymes.


One of the most common ferns -  Dryopteris filix-mas occurring throughout much of Europe, Asia and North America. This one is from  a forest near Warsaw. On the abaxial surface of the mature blade  you can find sori in two rows. When the spores  ripen  the indusium start to shrivel, leading to the release of the spores -  a reproductive structures.




This little  8mm spider  found on moss from the forest represents  one of the orb-weaver spiders (family Araneidae). It can often   be found in gardens, fields and forests. Their common name is taken from the round shape of spiral wheel-shaped webs they make. Orb-weavers have eight similar eyes and eight  hairy legs.


Here you can observe pixels -  pix (“pictures”) and el (for “element”) – from the laptop screen in 140 magnification.  Pixels are the smallest units of the picture. As you can see they consist  of yellow, red, blue and green colors.

Millet groats

MiScope x120

Millet is mainly grown for birdseed. It is sold as health food and due to its lack of gluten it can be included in the diets of people who cannot tolerate wheat.

Lepisma saccharina

Lepisma saccharina, frequently called silverfish, fishmoths, carpet sharks or paramites, are small, wingless insects in the order Thysanura. Its common name derives from the animal’s silvery light grey and blue colour, combined with the fish-like appearance of its movements, while the scientific name indicates the silverfish’s diet of carbohydrates such as sugar or starches.

                                    Silverfish  MiScope x120


Our study

An apple
We are still exploring the possibilities of the MiScope. Lately we have been looking at different structures of stones and minerals witch you can find in Poland.

In our pfotos you can find a silverfish that our teacher caught in the bathroom. We looked at cereals and grains. Despite difficulties, we maeaged to recognize an apple and a blue cheese with pepper :-)


We started our science project in MicroGlobalScope. We’ve taken to make our first photos and we are learning how to use microscopes. We already have a photo of a fly. We looked at its wings and know how flies breathe. In our photos we can see a flies wind pipe. The hind pair is reduced to small halters that aid in flight stability. We also did a photo of salt mineral and we hope that you will enjoy our photos.