Field Frame Friday: Parasitism in the rainforest

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While we often don’t consider them, parasites are a common occurrence in the natural world. Here, it might just look like unidentified snail from Kahuzi-Biéga National Park, D.R. Congo, but if you look closely, you’ll see a minuscule wasp on the snail (circled in frame). It is unclear if this is a parasitoid wasp laying eggs on the snail; it was seen moving up and down the body of the snail at the time this photo was taken.

[Photo and caption by Neetha Iyer]

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