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Since today is informally ParaSaturday (parasite-Saturday) on io9, photographer Marcus DeSieno , best known for his Victorian-style portraits of various parasite species posing like figures of the old West, was generous enough to submit to us his latest: Two Worms Having Sex. Namely, Schistosoma mansoni — blood flukes.

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DeSieno, whose photography has been profiled on National Geographic, the Smithsonian, Slate Magazine and Wired, among others, uses a dry plate gelatin ferrotype to give the images their archaic quality. According to DeSieno, "I take the images with a scanning electron microscope, then take that digital file and turn it into a digital negative for the darkroom. That's where I expose it onto a small, tintype plate. The merging between contemporary imaging technology and antiquated photographic processes speak to a larger history of photography and its evolution as a tool, to see the invisible and unseen in relation to science."

Ascaris lubricoides

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Baylisascaris procyonis

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Cimex lectularius

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Dermacentor Andersoni

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Dermatobia hominus

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Diphyllobothrium latum

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Fasciola herpatica

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Ixodes Scapularis

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Hirudo medicinalis

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Pediculus humanus capitis

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Pulex Irritans

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Schistosoma mansoni

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Taenia solium

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And the flukes, as promised:

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Mr. Desieno has —as he assures us —granted io9 full permission to *HOST* these parasite photographs. Haha.

See more at his website, here:

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All photos by Marcus DeSieno Photography © 2014


Contact the author at fisharebeautiful@gmail.com.

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