June 7, 2017 by

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station has identified a dwarf deer tick, which is identical to a typical adult female deer tick but is half the size.

Oh goody, if ticks weren’t hard enough to see, now they can be harder to find.

A typical deer tick is 3 millimeters, whereas the dwarf deer tick is just 1.5 millimeters, with the nymph tinier yet.

The finding, reported in the Journal of Medical Entomology, states that additional studies of teratology (abnormal development) in ticks and the implications in disease transmission are needed.