Re: eyelash gnats

The Low Golden Willow (
Fri, 23 May 1997 19:21:45 -0700 (PDT)

On May 23, 6:49pm, Kennita Watson wrote:

} migrating about on extracted eyelashes. As many as 25 mites have
} been seen clinging near the root end of a single eyelash, "packed
} together like sardines" (Coston, 1967). The infested eyelashes may
} be soggy or waterlogged, and sometimes can be pulled out with
} virtually no resistance (English,1971).

The original claim was "I heard from someone that little bugs keep our
eyelashes in. And when our eyelashes fall out its because the bugs die."
The NOVA reference Mr. Quinn provided did not mention this phenomenon;
the above text seems to contradict it.

Mr. Quinn's statement that "Its true. The human body is more than just
human cells---it a symbiosis with several other species in benign
interactions like these." is not entirely to the point. That lots of
beasties live on us is not only true, it is rather old news as far as I
am concerned. That mites keep our eyelashes in has had no evidence
presented in its favor, and was the idea which caused much
righteous furor.

Merry part,
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