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Ticks found tradition of blood feud

October 13, 2012 16:30

Scientists have found that ticks Iphiseius degenerans, who were attacked by larvae relatives of another kind, do not forget that as adults. In retaliation, they attack the larvae of their abusers. The paper was published in the journal Scientific Reports, a summary of its results Site ScienceNow.

Zoologists have studied two types of free (non-parasitic) mite — Iphiseius degenerans and Neoseiulus cucumeris. These animals feed mainly on pollen, but sometimes also attack the larvae and their group rivals. Not all such attacks end fatally for the larvae — many of them grow and can take

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