.: Jeremy in Panama!
In December I spent 10 days in Panama with colleagues Justin Touchon and Myra Hughey collecting images and videos of leaf-cutter ants for use in some new classroom educational materials. Check out just some of what else I saw in the amazing tropics!
.: New research photos... cool!
This is a Hyla versicolor tadpole that was exposed to Telorchis bonnerensis cercariae, then processed chemically to preserve the tissues, make them transparent, then stain bone and cartillage. (Drew Dietrich and Kim Fitzpatrick)
Trematode metacercarial cyst
Below the tadpole's gut is a nearly round metacercarial cyst (Telorchis bonnerensis)- here it will basically rest, try to resist the tadpole's immune system, and wait for transmission to the definitive host. (Drew Dietrich and Kim Fitzpatrick)
Scanning electron micrograph of trematode metacercarial cysts, and a recently excysted adult
Here are two intact cysts, one that recently broke open, revealing an adult. These are parasites from a local stream that remain unidentified.