This Skwala nymph still has a couple months left to go before hatching, but it's still a good representative of its species, which was extremely abundant in my sample for a stonefly of this size. It's obvious why the Yakima is known for its Skwala hatch.
A couple of weeks back I mentioned using cell phones, iPod Touch, and iPads with a $1.00 lens as a way to take dissecting microscope-like quality pictures.
I have been playing around with them and have built several different models that work. I have also used them with my high school students. (My school owns enough iPod Touch devices that I can supply one for each lab group.)
Students have taken to them like trout take to a hex hatch! Even students who are not normally engaged like the idea that something they have can take close up pictures of things that make ordinary stuff look scary.
New! I have put directions that I have written on how to build your own Smart-D-Scope for less than $8.00 at;