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Self-cloning ticks from East Asia that are invading parts of the US pose a serious threat to livestock including cattle and sheep

Mother nature has unleashed a number of bizarre creatures across the US this year – first it murderous hornets, then annoying cicadas and now self-cloning ticks. Asian longhorned ticks have been spotted in the northeast for the first time since 2017 and are known to carry dangerous diseases that infect livestock. What makes this species threatening is that it is asexual and does not need a mate in order to reproduce, allowing females to create a fast-growing population. Read more...


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