Impact of feeding, molting and relative humidity on cuticular wax deposition and water loss in the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum.

@article{Needham1997ImpactOF,
  title={Impact of feeding, molting and relative humidity on cuticular wax deposition and water loss in the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum.},
  author={Glen R. Needham and M E. Selim and Jay A. Yoder},
  journal={Journal of insect physiology},
  year={1997},
  volume={43 6},
  pages={547-551}
}
To determine whether there is a correlation between the amount of lipids on the surface of ticks and their permeability to water, we quantified cuticular surface wax and measured water-loss rates in the ixodid tick Amblyomma americanum from nonfed nymph to egg-laying female. Ticks deposited no extra cuticular lipids during feeding, permitting maximum transpiratory water loss that presumably helps to concentrate the bloodmeal; and ticks deposited additional cuticular wax after apolysis that… CONTINUE READING

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