Viewing black cumin “infested with pests” using Foldscope

  • Soumitra Banerjee

Black cumin is an Indian spice, which was found infested with some kind of pests. A pest was captured and viewed under Foldscope. The closer view helped us to identify the insect as “Cigerrette bettle” (Lasioderma serricorne) (Source: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/stored/cigarette_beetle.htm).

With the help of Foldscope, we were able to study the insect much closely and also viewed its larval form. I look forward to submitting my next post on the larva and eggs identification.

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