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Bloodsucking, disease-spreading ticks on screen at 2018 Insect Fear Film Festival

Ticks are the 2018 Insect Fear Film Festival theme, despite the fact that they are not insects but arachnids. Festival founder and entomology professor May Berenbaum chose ticks because, as global disease vectors, it is important for people to understand them.

The 35th Insect Fear Film Festival will focus on a creature that is important for humans to understand but that is not actually an insect at all.

Ticks are arachnids, a class of arthropods that includes spiders, scorpions and ticks’ closest relative, mites. As such, full-grown ticks have eight legs rather than the six legs of insects, and no antennae. They may engender more fear than most insects, though. Ticks are best-known as vectors for Lyme disease.

Read the full article at the Illinois News Bureau

Publication Date: 02/15/2018
Photo credits: Tanya Josek
Editor: Jodi Heckel