The Amazing Adventures of Debbie Daphnia and her sidekick Betty Bosmina
Not just any water flea!
This is Debbie. Debbie is a Daphnia.
That means she is a small freshwater crustacean who eats algae
and lives in lakes. Some people call her a water flea, but she
thinks that's a bit insulting. Debbie has a bunch of identical sisters
who participate in lots of fun experiments in the Schulz lab at SUNY
ESF and don't really mind being called water fleas.
Debbie used to live in a glass house in a very comfortable room where
the temperature was just right. People came into the room every
day and fed her and her sisters delicious algae (yum). From her
house, Debbie could see another house filled with her cousins, Bosmina. The people who came
and fed Debbie each day sometimes called the Bosmina 'elephant fleas,' because
they look like miniature elephants. Debbie wasn't sure if that
insulted the Bosmina or
not. In the Bosmina house
lived Betty the Bosmina,
Debbie's best friend.
(Doesn't really mind being called
an elephant flea, but don't tell Debbie!)
One day Debbie decided that she was bored
living in her glass house in the lab.
Betty agreed that she would like to see more of the world. Their
sisters thought they were crazy, but Betty and Debbie decided to ask
the people in the Schulz lab if they could travel. "Of course"
agreed the Schulz lab inhabitants, "we'd be happy to let you see the
world! But, you have to make a travel log of your trips and post it on
our website," and ever since the Schulz lab people have been taking
Debbie (and sometimes Betty) along on their adventures.