The winners of the second BioMed Central Ecology and Evolution Image Competition have been announced. They are incredibly scary.
The winning image shows the fruiting body of a parasitic fungus erupting from a fly’s body in Peru’s Tambopata National Reserve and was taken by Roberto García-Roa of the University of Valencia, Spain.
“The image depicts a conquest shaped by thousands of years of evolution. Spores of the so-called ‘zombie’ fungus invade the fly’s exoskeleton and mind, migrating to sites suitable for fungal growth.” I was forced to,” says Garcia-Roa.
“The fruiting bodies are then erupted from the fly’s body and dumped to infect more victims.”
You can see the winning image above.
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In addition to the winning entries, the jury will select winners and runners-up in four categories: Relationships in Nature, Threatened Biodiversity, Close-Ups of Life, and Research in Action. We have selected three excellent works.
Alwin Hardenbol of the University of Eastern Finland captured the winning entry in the Nature Relations category. The photo depicts a bohemian his waxwing eating fermented rowan berries, demonstrating the strong relationship between the species.
Rowan berries influenced the locomotion of waxwings, which can eat hundreds of berries a day, and have evolved larger livers to process the ethanol produced by fermenting the berries.
Also keep an eye on the runners-up. In the Nature Relationships category, Swarthmore College behavioral biologist Alexander T. Boe photographed a bat devouring a frog in the middle of a meal.
The runner-up for Threatened Biodiversity was awarded to Lindsay Sweek, Assistant Professor at Binghamton University. It depicts a tree frog holding an egg. Sadly, “false spring” meant that these eggs shouldn’t have been taddy.
“The brown frog (Rana sylvatica) breeds in early spring in temperate regions of North America, gathering in spring ponds as soon as the ice melts to mate and lay eggs. Wood frogs breed earlier in the year because of the unseasonably warm weather,” says Swierk.
“Unfortunately, winter storms can still catch frogs unexpectedly and trap them under ice. Both were recently trapped under ice.The frog survived, but not many of the eggs.”
See all winning images here.
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