12 Days of Parasite Ecology Christmas

Happy Holidays, Everyone! I already spread some parasite love this season by giving Parasite Rex and a mistletoe ornament as a white elephant gift, but I feel like I have even more to give. So here’s my first and best take on a parasite ecology Christmas carol. You can click through the links to learn more about each system, should you so choose.

On the 12th day of Parasite Ecology Christmas, my true love sent to me:

12 nematomorph-infected crickets leaping

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11 male crabs doing ladies’ dancing

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10 Indian pipe plants piping

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9 parasitoid wasps a-drumming (photo from here)

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8 ants a-milking (I snuck in a mutualism! Deal with it!)

7 leeches a-swimminghippoassleech

6 cuckoos a-laying

5 TROPHOZOITE RINGS

(One hundred and) 4 Galapagos lice on birds

3 French T. gondii infections (cartoon from here)

2 turtle acanthocephalans

And a partridge that was covered in fleas!

If you’re looking for more Christmas-themed parasite topics, you can check out my mistletoe-themed version of Twas the Night Before Christmas or my take on Santa’s bizarre roof top behaviors. See y’all next year!

Pond Ecologist Christmas Carols

Merry Christmas, Everyone!!

This year, I tried my hand at composing some Christmas carols for pond ecologists. (I suppose these will be on Volume 2 of Songs of the Pond Ecologist.) Feel free to suggest more in the comments!

1. Jingle Snails

2. Deck the Pond (“…fa la la la laa, la la la snails….”)

3. Trematodes Rock (“Trematodes, trematodes, trematodes rock….”)

4. Rudolph, the red-striped mollusk (“…had a very slimy trail….”)

5. Grandma got run over by a mollusk

7. You’re a mean one, Mr. Pinch (song about crayfish)

8. I’ll be slow for Christmas (“…you can collect me….”; song about snails)

I usually make cartoons digitally, but as a special Christmas gift to you, my dear audience, I’ve taken photos of some of my exquisitely crafted hand-drawn Christmas cards. Enjoy!

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