Throwback Thursday: Life in the Pits & Treetops 2008

Since the start of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL) Volunteer Nature Stewardship class in the Fall of 1998, Dr. George O’Meara, FMEL faculty member then and now Professor Emeritus, has enchanted everyone with his Life in the Pits and Treetops presentations. With great humor, Dr. O’Meara explores burrowing as an adaptation from ant lions …

… to the the sand fiddle crab (Uca pugilator) and the mud fiddler crab (Uca pugnax) …

… to the Great Atlantic land crab (Cardisoma guanhumi) and its commensal companions, the hermaphroditic mangrove rivulis fish (Rivulis marmoratus) and the crab hole mosquito (Deinocerites cancer) …

These photos were taken in 2008. Above class participants peer into a pan of mosquito larvae extracted from a Great Atlantic land crab hole. Dr. O’Meara continues to share his infectious enthusiasm, sense of wonder, and good humor. The next Life in the Pits and Treetops is scheduled for 2/10/2018.