Category Archives: Parasitism

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First Spring Field Trip 2017

With an unruly spring–further delayed by an eight-day trip to New York with She Who Must be Obeyed, my usual April launch into the ice-free wilds became a May day. Ignoring the unkempt garden for a […]

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Callaspidia sp., parasitoid wasp.

Another gallery update, this time from 2010. This story of this unique sequence of photographs can be found at Parasitoid, Predator and Prey. All the photos were taken with an Tamron 90mm macro lens, mounted on […]

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Frightful Mindsuckers

Just in time for Halloween, the November issue of National Geographic is capitalizing on the current fad for zombies and features an article on the fascinating world of parasitic organisms. Written by the parasite-obsessed Carl Zimmer, the […]

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Bristle Fly?

The flies in the Family Tachinidae could very well take the common name of ‘Bristle Fly’, due to the many stiff hairs that cover the abdomen of many species. My dismal April Fool’s post was indeed a Tachinid […]

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Ed Yong on suicidal crickets, zombie roaches and other parasites

An excellent presentation on mind control by parasites, a TedTalk by Ed Yong of the blog Not exactly Rocket Science: Related articles In case you missed it: Day 4 of TED2014

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Pavel Krásenský Photographs Mating Strepsiptera

This is one of an amazing sequence photographed by Pavel Krásensky … Strepsiptera or Twisted-wing parasites are a bizarre internal parasites of bees and wasps. Their life-cycle begins similar to the oil beetles (Meloidae). From NC State […]

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One Awkward Spider

This Ground Crab Spider (Xysticus sp.) seems to be imitating a meteor. It was found in this position just off the trail in Dinosaur Provincial Park – motionless but apparently undamaged. I examined it, and flicked the […]

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The Week on Sunday 20

Overwhelmed with work this weekend, so this Week on Sunday is short. ♦ Just out earlier this week, science blogger Carl Zimmer’s TedEd talk on the jewel wasp (Ampulex compressa) and the parasitic relationship with cockroaches… This […]

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