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  1. ezekieljakub says:

    Is it possible this is just the final segment of the leg? Looking at the video I have it seems possible that is the answer … thoughts welcome 🙂

    This is great testing before we bring these to our school kids! I am an Ornithologist after all (giggle) not a weeBeastie-ologist.

  2. Hi Ezekiel! I think this is part of the leg (an adhesive pad used for gripping on the host) and not another parasite. Have a look at this video Manu Prakash did on a tick:

  3. ezekieljakub says:

    Thanks for replies! Yeah after a good not really looking at it articulate and comparing to other legs I think Javier you’re spot on. Very cool!!

    Bullet Ants and Assasin bugs next!!!

    -zeke

  4. Manu Prakash says:

    You both are on fire @Ezekieljakub and @Javier. Spot on.. what a fantastic post and some detective work. Now when you say Bullet ants; you mean “the” bullet ants – with the worst sting. Oh my, I am so jealous.. I want to see one under a foldscope. Can’t wait to see the next post on the saga of pain.

    Thanks again for being the wonderful beings you both are. Thank you for everything you do.

    cheers
    manu

  5. ezekieljakub says:

    Hi Manu … yes I did mean “THE” Bullet ant P. clavata or the Lesser Giant Hunting Ant. We have a nest in the front yard and I posted pics today of two dead individuals I found on porch.

    I think tomorrow when I have a moment, very carefully, I am going to try and scope their stinger … because that’s the part that causes the pain via venom!!

    Updates soon. Any other suggestions on parts to scope? Head etc? I have two so one can be dissected. The other i am mounting for educational use*.

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