[ExI] honor among parasites
spike66 at att.net
Mon Jun 14 01:22:53 UTC 2010
Camping this weekend, woods hiking, very wet spring, lot of bugs this year. Eating dinner by the campfire, mosquitoes everywhere, noticed a tick on my pants. As I was about to hurl her useless abdomen into the fire, a question occurred to me: would a mosquito bite a tick? Or would there be some bug version of honor among thieves, where the mosquito would spare a fellow blood sucking bastard?
I put the tick into a matchbox, put her in my truck so I could do the experiment at home where I could set up a camera to document the event, but in the night the tick managed to escape. My wife is not pleased with this turn of events. Now I need a new tick (whereas she would prefer to assure that we have lost the one we had.) If any ExI-amateur scientists manage to capture a tick, do let us make arrangements to mail it to me. I will either allow her to bite me, or more likely get a rat at the local pet store to provide the mammalian blood, allow the tick to get engorged, then put the tick into a jar with a number of hungry mosquitoes.
Any speculation on what will happen?
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