The Cost of Good Images

Frankencam has been designed to make filming small things on the forest floor easy. Taking still images is a whole other problem. If you want to get striking photos of ants, you may well need to lie down on the ground with them. In the tropics, this behaviour carries a risk - in this case, some kind of burrowing animal (see photo) - possibly a fly larva, possibly a very large kind of mite (photo dimensions about 40mmx35mm). If anyone has an idea what it could be, we’d love to know.


xl said...

Hey sailor, it looks like a tattoo gone horribly wrong.

ammonite said...

As it happens, the bug turns out to be: (from Wikipedia) Cutaneous larva migrans ("CLM") is a skin disease in humans, caused by the larvae of various nematode parasites, the most common of which in the Americas is Ancylostoma braziliense." It is very annoying, but carries no health risk or transmission risks for humans.

Madame DeFarge said...

Annoying? Looks itchy.