Rhabditiform larvae of Hook Worm under Foldscope

Early developmental larval stages (first and second) of soil-borne nematodes such asNecator, Ancylostoma, andStrongyloides, which precede the infectious third-stage filariform larva.

More ticks.. 

After my last find of a beautiful tick on a beach (an unusual place I had thought); I have been spotting ticks almost everywhere.  My last post about ticks is here:  How ticks come for a ride?  This time, I was enjoying a lazy afternoon with my kids in my own grass backyard (Glenn Canyon,…

Bubbles propogating in proboscis of a live mosquito

I have a love and hate relationship with mosquitoes. They have been called a Winged Scourged and have a devastating effect on our society; for thousands of years. If you are interested in watching; here is a link to a beautiful 1943 “classic” commissioned by the US government who asked “Walt Disney” to make a…

Giardia

A Giema stained slide from duodenal mucosa. The little dark creatures on top are parasites named Giardia. They can live without oxigen (anaerobic). To move around they have 4 pairs of flagellates. Accorinding to info on wiki Giardia were first described by the Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (a Dutch microscopist) in 1681. The genus is named after…