Ever wondered how ticks burrow their nasty little mouth-parts into your skin to deliver an unhealthy dose of bacterial goodness? Well, ponder no more!
In their video, Richter et al. (2013) captured how the ticks literally saw their way through their host's dermal tissue using articulations on their mouthparts. They also discuss how the structure of the hypostome itself helps the little bugger stay attached.
Here's the video itself. It freaked my supervisor out. But I though it was awesome cool.
Then again, I'm not exactly normal. :)
And don't forget to take a peek at the full article in Proceedings of the Royal Society B : How ticks get under your skin: insertion mechanics of the feeding apparatus of Ixodes ricinus ticks