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Blacklegged tick - Ixodes scapularis - male

Blacklegged tick - Ixodes scapularis - Male
Swede Creek Natural Area, near Kingston, Newton County, Arkansas, USA
February 27, 2009
Size: 2.4 mm
Found on dog following walk through grassy and wooded habitats.

Moved from Ixodes.

Male Ixodes
Male Ixodes for sure. I would say it's impossible to ID to species but could possibly be I. scapularis.

male blacklegged tick?

I provided my specimen to Jon Oliver, who confirmed that it was indeed Ixodes scapularis.

Small world here on BugGuide: I brought this specimen home to Iowa from a winter vacation in Arkansas and asked MJ Hatfield of Ames to photograph it for me for a BugGuide posting. Jon Oliver responded; it turns out that he is also in Ames, so MJ forwarded the specimen to him by merely walking down the street! Jon was able to identify the in-hand specimen to species.

Thanks MJ, Jon, and Lynette!

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