How is it that ticks stay attached so well?

The castor bean tick (Ixodes ricinus) Photo © Biopix: JC Schou (https://www.biopix.com/photos/jcs-ixodes-ricinus-33242.jpg)

The castor bean tick (Ixodes ricinus) Photo © Biopix: JC Schou (https://www.biopix.com/photos/jcs-ixodes-ricinus-33242.jpg)

 

Have you ever wondered how it is that ticks stay attached so well? Their mouthparts are so small that it is difficult to tell the morphology without using a microscope. The following is an incredible video from the New York Times that shows how ticks attach and explains some of the advantages of such a strategy.

 

 

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