My dog is scratching at his fleas,
There’s mistletoe throughout my trees.
Can climate change be all bad
If it kills a few of these?
Egg to larva to adult,
From fish to foul they catapult
Their complex lives to realize,
Or from seeds and spores result.
Successful parasites don’t kill,
They want their hosts to thrive, yet still
Niches open when they die
To creatures worse that will.
Some are horrible, it’s true,
We won’t miss River Blindness soon.
Next time your tummy’s sick, just know
They’re part of Mother Nature’s glue.
by Kate Rauner
Thanks to a study published in the journal Science Advances, completed with the help of the U.S. National Parasite Collection, as well as specialized databases of ticks, fleas, bee mites, and feather mites; and to techtimes Many thanks to the
Carter Center, because some parasites simply have to go. But it’s interesting to think about the little nasties we’ve adapted to live with – and them with us.