The Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) along the mid coast of Texas
The parasitic protozoan, Ophrycystis elektroscirrha, for information
contact the Monarch Watch Site: Biology : Parasite Control : Ophrycystis elektroscirrha
Read directions on Monarch Watch!
How we prepare slides to examine under the microscope ...
Use clear plastic tape and gently touch to the rear, underneath of the abdomen to "pick up" scales from the area ..
... and stick to a slide (a small square from a single monarch or strip from several with the abdomen scales).

for what we viewed through the microscope ...

                                                                                  SEE PAGE 2 Scales with and without Oe spores at 40x 100x and 400x

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