Friday, August 28, 2009

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"Yup. You have nematodes. I recommend you lay low for awhile."

When the ant Cephalotes atratus is infected with a parasitic nematode, its normally black abdomen turns red, resembling the many red berries in the tropical forest canopy. According to researchers, this is a strategy concocted by nematodes to entice birds to eat the normally unpalatable ant and spread the parasite in their droppings.

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8 comments:

Ginger*:) said...

Oh this is so funny.
I LOVE this one!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

hilariously funny and wonderful. It's been along while since I've had the chance to stop by. Great work as always though!!!

Gai said...

such detail in your work. I am always amazed and impressed at your attention to the little things in the picture. great stuff.

Roberta Baird said...

Very interesting!!!

E. Thompson said...

Cute idea. Lots of detail in your illo. Nicely done.

moverlow said...

Very cute and clever!

studio lolo said...

I wouldn't think that ants could get a parasite that size. Go figure!!!

Hey, how've you been?
I've been a wreck since the 2 moves but I'm starting to settle in now.

I've missed you!

Hugs all around including Ted and the kitties ;)

XX

naruto cosplay said...

Fuuny & cute.love this one