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Arthropods: Insects that Live on Humans

Posted by | May 24, 2012
WSU News, May 24  PULLMAN, Washington

Imagine sitting down to a brown-bag lunch discussion and being handed a ponytailed head infested with lice eggs. The head is carved of wood, mind you, but the hair and eggs are very much real.

Such was the scene at a recent lunch presentation by Washington State University entomologist Richard Zack about insects that live on humans. Lice, bed bugs, ticks, maggots— it was enough to make people plunk down their carrot sticks and cheese sandwiches and wrinkle their noses with revulsion.

“It’s a good thing that most of you didn’t bring lunch with you,” was Zack’s opening line to the group of 20 who turned out to hear him speak as part of WSU’s Work/Life Advisory luncheon gatherings. read full article