Parasite Host

© Linda Karlin

Parasite Host

Christian P. Nicolas 7/30/2006 8:37:23 AM

Nicely done Linda. I love the hue and the details in this macro. Great job! :) #493872

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Taken with a 180mm macro lens. This dragonfly is a host to some parasites. They are red or green mites that gather in clumps resembling little beads on the underside of the thorax and abdomen infiltrating body tissue, causing irritation or infection. If too many are present they may also cause an instability during flight. Parasitic infestations are for some reason more common in the pond dragonflies, notably the Skimmer Family.

Uploaded on 7/29/2006 9:57:02 AM

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Camera: Nikon D70S Digital SLR Camera Editor's Pick

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