For my celebration, I invited all readers to submit their artistic parasite creations, and was amazed by all of the outstanding entries I received. They are all below for your viewing pleasure. I entered the name of each person who submitted something into a hat and then randomly selected 5 names.
And the winners are:
- Rachael Liesman
- Sidnei Silva
- Prakhar Vijay
- Melanie Bois
- Kevin Barker
Fabulous parasite creative works (by category):
DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS
Giardia and Leishmania, adorned in traditional Brazilian costumes.
Illustrated by Sidnei da Silva
Charcoal sketch by Emily Evans
Painted on canvas by Prakhar Vijayvargiya
Tsetse fly and Reduviid bug
Illustrated by Amy Gallimore
Plasmodium berghei with a "Friday feeling Smile" by Kevin Barker
Looking for anisakids - a fish dissecting party with Rachel Vaubel, Melissa Blessing, Xuemei Wu, Emily Patterson, Melanie Bois and Heidi Lehrke
Cerebral toxoplasmosis by Melissa Blessing
Dipylidium caninum scarf by Heidi Lehrke
Giardia kiteii by Florida Fan
Leishmania cross-stitch by Tiffany Borbon
EDIBLE PARASITE GOODIES
Dracunculus medinensis and myiasis cupcakes by Rachael Liesman
Plasmodium falciparum cookies by Emily Fernholz
Dermatobia hominis baby by Reeti Khare
Dipylidium caninum by Heather Rose
"Tubes of blood" for FIL (filariasis) and MAL (malaria) testing by Felicity Norris, Aimee Boeger and Brenda Nelson (note that Aimee is a green top tub (heparin) which we don't accept in my lab, so she has been 'cancelled'
Taenia solium with detachable 'proglottids' by Jadee Neff and family
Taenia solium and eosinophils with Rose Sandell and Melanie Bois
"Entamoeba histolytica/E. dispar/E. moshkovskii/E. bangladeshi and E. hartmanni - who can tell them apart?" with Patty Wright, Corrisa Miliander, Heather Rose, Emily Fernholz and Kelli Black
An engorged and gravid tick by Elli Theel
Giemsa by Jane Hata
A fish with a tapeworm by Rachael Liesman
by Blaine Mathison
Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house
the fleas were all nestled in the fur of the mouse.
They paired with their loved ones under a sprig of mistletoe,
A gift from Cousin Chigoe, from down south in the toe.
The larvae were pupating in the bed of the host,
carrying Dipylidium cysticercoids, an infectious dose!
The Yersinia pestis churned in the foregut
until such time when the proventriculus would erupt!
All of a sudden there appeared such a clatter!
The fleas sprang from the fur to see what was the matter.
Crawling up the leg of the host, with such stealth and so quick,
was the holiday icon known as St. Tick.
“Now Ixodes, now Dermacentor, and Amblyomma!
On Rhipicephalus, Ornithodoros, don’t forget Hyalomma.”
He got right to work and delivered the fleas' presents
full of pathogens to spread to medieval peasants,
Then he sprang to his sleigh and let out a whistle,
Then they took off into the night like a guided missile.
But I heard him exclaim as flew out of sight,
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good bite!