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This is the wasp nest slime mold, Metatrichia vesparium, as captured by photographer Kim Fleming in Abbeville County, South Carolina. The image was retrieved from flickr and used on this site with her permission. Slime molds are social amoebae that exist as solitary cells before mating/fusing into a collective called a plasmodium. After wandering the earth like Cain terrorizing innocent bacteria, they rise up into fantastically beautiful fruiting bodies where they produce spores that seed the wind with little amoebae-to-be. The Artful Amoeba is a reference both to their clever, astounding behavior and beautiful forms. Oh, and one other thing. In spite of their name, slime molds are NOT molds. They’re aliens.
Just kidding. They’re protists. We think.