Monday, November 20, 2017

Life stages of the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis)

 Male and female - active from late fall through spring.

Nymphs - active in late spring through summer

 Larvae - active mid to late summer

Engorged female with egg mass laid in winter.  Eggs hatch mid-summer.

Female and male on a deer - only females become engorged.

"Dragging" to collect host-seeking ticks from vegetation

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