Deer Tick
(Ixodes scapularis)

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The deer tick part of the spider family (Arachnids), can be found in woodland, thick grass and habitats of wildlife and livestock. They sit on the grass and leaves waiting for a host to feed on.

Description

Reddish Brown with black, males rusty brown colour
Female legs 3-5mm in the adult stage

Biology

Year 1 6 legged larvae (1st blood meal)Moults into 8 legged nymph
Year 2 Nymph (2nd blood meal),Nymph grows into an adult, feeds on a host (3rd blood meal)An engorged tick falls off, lays eggs then dies,Lays around 1000 eggs in clusters

Food

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Habitat

Ticks are found in grasslands, moorlands, in woods and woodedges.

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