These larval black-legged ticks, about two months old, were photographed in leaf litter in eastern Tennessee. 🔹
US Geological Survey research ecologist Howard Ginsberg and colleagues at the University of Rhode Island and Michigan State University have been studying the metabolism, life cycle and behavior of black-legged ticks. In 2014 they collected tick larvae from different parts of the Eastern US and found that no matter where they came from, the larvae all live longer in relatively cool temperatures.
To find out more about this study: https://www.usgs.gov/node/734205
Photo: Graham Hickling, University of Tennessee
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