Ticks

The growing global battle against blood-sucking ticks
Scientists have no shortage of ideas about how to stop tick-borne illnesses. What is holding them back?
Melinda Wenner Moyer
25 August 2015
http://www.nature.com/news/the-growing-global-battle-against-blood-sucking-ticks-1.18227

Ticks then thrive on the rodents, which are poor groomers.
Studies suggest that larval ticks have a 50% chance of surviving when they feed on mice, but only a 3.5% chance on opossums.

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Eisenia fetida: an epigean organism

cocoons

How to Identify Wild Red Wiggler Worms – Eisenia Fetida
Tim Rosanelli
Jun 26, 2014

Why Am I Raising 4 Different Kinds Of Composting Worms? Well Let Me Tell You Why!

  • red wigglers (Eisenia fetida)
  • African night crawlers (Eudrilus eugeniae)
  • Alabama jumper
  • European night crawlers

‘Hey I’m Dead!’ The Story Of The Very Lively Ant

‘Hey I’m Dead!’ The Story Of The Very Lively Ant
April 1, 2009
http://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2009/04/01/102601823/hey-im-dead-the-story-of-the-very-lively-ant

How do ants know when another ant is dead?

“They included skatole, a component of feces; trimethylamine, one of the essences of rotting fish; and several of the more pungent fatty acids that contribute to rancid human body odor,”

oleic acid — just a teeny drop of it — was all the ants had to sniff to think “DEAD!”