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Tick

Description:

Small tick exhibiting the classic questing pose: he stood at the tip of the leaf and slowly waved his two front legs. I'm thinking male Ixodes ricinus, the castor bean tick, but I'm really not sure.

Habitat:

Botanical Garden

Notes:

This was a lucky find! I was taking photos in the local Botanical Garden when I saw what I thought was a large dark-coloured tick crawling on my hand. Without taking a closer look, I immediately shook it off. Then I second-guessed myself and wondered if I'd overreacted - if perhaps it had just been a beetle. Scanning the ground, I didn't find any sign of it, so I thought to myself "if that really was a tick, I bet there are more" and knelt down to study the undergrowth at the side of the path. Sure enough, right when I was about to give up, this little guy crawled out from behind a leaf and went into questing pose! The whole experience was an important reminder of just how ubiquitous ticks are in cities, even in gardens and public parks.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Castor Bean Tick
Ixodes ricinus Ixodes ricinus


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1 Comment

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 5 years ago

You are correct - looks like a Castor Bean Tick. Beautiful picture, love the questing pose!

Hannah Davis
Spotted by
Hannah Davis

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Spotted on Jun 16, 2016
Submitted on Jun 18, 2016

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