The Romantic Parasite
Earlier this week I learned that groundhogs could climb trees. I also learned that mistletoe (which is prevalent in Elizabeth City) is stealing from its host tree. The mistletoe penetrates the bark of the tree and snags nutrients and water. That means during the holidays when two lovers are kissing under mistletoe, they are actually kissing underneath a parasite*. Sort of like kissing under a tick… or a tapeworm.
And for those of you who forgot your honey today– I remind you that I license everything Creative Commons. That means you are more than welcome to use my tapeworm image in all your professions of love.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
*Okay. It is actually a hemi-parasite because it does carry some of its own weight via photosynthesis