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Tick ID - Amblyomma maculatum

Tick ID - Amblyomma maculatum
Bellevue, Fontenelle Forest, Sarpy County, Nebraska, USA
August 3, 2013
Size: 1.5cm body
Large tick. May be deflating after egg laying or long fast? Any help with ID would be appreciated.

Moved tentatively
Moved from Hard Ticks.

Never mind
Has festoons, so likely not Ixodes. This is definitely a weird tick...

Ixodes scapularis
No eyes and long, triangular mouthparts

Moved from Mites and Ticks.

This tick was lurking the boardwalk at a local nature preserve. I unfortunately could not collect the specimen, and the light was such my little point and shoot camera could only take these photos.
I too was thrown off by the unusual combination of characteristics.
Many people visit Fontenelle Forest every year from all over the country so it might be a stray that dropped off of a visitor and was searching for its next meal.

cancel my previous thought.
you know, I think this may just be an aberrant Amblyomma maculatum (with reduced markings on the dorsal shield). It appears to have both festoons and eyes.

I see what you mean about the
I see what you mean about the festoons, particularly. Size and leg banding, too. Features of the basis capitulum are odd for A. maculatum, but it's too dark to see them very well. I'd want the specimen for a positive ID.

really odd...
before I give my 2 cents, have you had any international travel recently? From somewhere this may have been picked up?

Unfed Ixodes female that I am unfamiliar with. Did you still have the tick?

Moved from ID Request.

It looks like a Female Lone S
It looks like a Female Lone Star Tick but I'm not 100% sure.