Ants as predators of the Spinose Ear Tick, Otobius megnini (Dugès) in Sri Lanka

G.C.P. Diyes, N.B. Karunarathna, T.H.S.E. Silva, W.A.I.P. Karunaratne & R.S. Rajakaruna
Many pathogens, parasitoids and predators have been documented as natural enemies of ticks, but their impact on tick populations are rarely evaluated. Here, we report the predatory behaviour of ants on the spinose ear tick, Otobius megnini. Ticks were collected from the ear canal of stabled horses in Nuwara Eliya and were brought to the laboratory. Eggs, unfed and engorged larvae, engorged nymphs and adults were naturally exposed to ants under laboratory conditions and the...
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