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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.

    This image of a female Lone Star tick was produced using a scanning electron microscope.

    Photo by Tanya Josek

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach May Berenbaum, email maybe@illinois.edu.

    More information about the Insect Fear Film Festival is online at https://publish.illinois.edu/uiuc-egsa/ifff/.