[ExI] honor among parasites

Dave Sill sparge at gmail.com
Mon Jun 14 18:31:45 UTC 2010

2010/6/14 Gregory Jones <spike66 at att.net>
> Thanks Dave.  You have looked closely at an engorged tick, ja?

Yep. I live on acreage in east Tennessee and we've got dogs.

>   My intuition tells me the mosquito would not bite the tick, but as I
> think it over carefully I can't figure out why the heck not.  A mosquito is
> programmed to look for a warm beast, and the blood in a tick would be cool,
> however I can arrange to warm the tick to mammalian temperatures.
> Mosquitoes can penetrate thicker skin than is used to wrap a tick.

Wikipedia says they look for CO2 and octenol--in addition to optical
recognition. And ticks may have thin skin--especially when engorged--but
it's *very* tough compared to mammal skin.

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