Structures of a nut mould photographed through a cheap microscope

by Stephen Hewitt | Published 18 March 2022 | Last updated 20 March 2022

Figure 1. Filaments and white, ball-like structures of mould potruding above the surface of a walnut fragment, photographed through the eyepiece of a cheap microscope. For scale, the red band in the background is a line drawn with a ballpoint pen. Figure 2 shows the context of this walnut fragment and the red line.

The photographs here show details of the structure of a mould on a fragment of walnut.

Figure 1 shows filaments and white ball-like structures potruding above the surface of the walnut. The structures were photographed by putting a mobile phone camera to the eyepiece of a cheap microscope, with stated magnification of 20-40x.

Figure 2 shows the entire fragment of mouldy walnut, taken without a microscope.

Figure 3 shows the entire field of view of the microscope. The detail in Figure 1 was cropped from this image.

The microscope was the British Natural History Museum's,

Figure 2. Context: the fragment of mouldy walnut, resting on lined notepaper and over a red line drawn with a ballpoint pen. This is the same fragment in the same position as in Figure 1.
Figure 3. The entire field of view of the microscope, showing the surface of the mouldy walnut fragment. The detail in Figure 1 was cropped from this image.

Related