This little madtom is the unfortunate host of the parasitic chestnut lamprey, which is attached by its suction-disk mouth. After sucking the madtom's blood and other bodily fluids for up to several days, the lamprey will drop off. Host fish usually don't die from lamprey attacks but may succumb to secondary infections of their wounds.
Mosquito larvae are aquatic, with a large head and thorax and narrow, wormlike abdomen. They typically hang just below the water surface, breathing air through tubes at the end of the abdomen. When disturbed, they wriggle downward.
Three species are most commonly encountered in Missouri.
Ticks drink the blood of humans and other mammals. The idea of blood-sucking parasites is hideous enough, but ticks can carry serious, sometimes deadly diseases. Learn more about these large mites and how to protect yourself from their bites.
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