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ixodes scapularis

ixodes scapularis

As a blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) expends energy, it burns fat content in its body and the ratio of certain body measurements change accordingly. Researchers and Fordham University say the fat content is a reliable predictor of the tick’s remaining energy, and thus life expectancy, but the body measurements are not reliably predictive. (Photo credit: Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org)

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