Ticks & Chiggers--a study

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  1. bobpbx

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    In an effort to be more aware of tick Identification, I started pulling them off my clothes and bagging them for photo study. Let me know if I've misidentified any of these. Numbers 4 and 5 bit me before I started using permethrin for the season. I pulled them out cleanly, and tried my luck at not scratching the bite hole at all. This diminished the misery somewhat as they healed faster. Also, using an ice cube on a bite for about 2 minutes (rubbing the bite) stopped the itching for two hours.

    1) Lone Star Tick -- Adult Female 1.JPG

    2) American Dog Tick-Adult Male

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    3) Lone Star Tick--Adult Male

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    4) Lone Star Tick--Adult Male

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    5) Lone Star Tick-Adult Female

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    I would give you a "like" but I don't like them. :D
     
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    They look even worse as closeups. The detail is fascinating though.
     
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    Yay! I love this game. You are correct on all counts.
     
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    I took an acarology class where we dissected them under a scope and looked at their innards. They have beating hearts! Ticks fascinate me. I am such a nerd. :)
     
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    8 days in a sealed bag? No problem. This female lone star is still lively. I just covered her in a water alcohol mixture. That ought to settle her down. It works for some of us!

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    A few hours in the freezer will do it, too.
     
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    This male lone-star latched on to my pants today. The view on the left is without alcohol, the one on the right is after alcohol. Note how the alcohol makes the colors pop. This fellow survived 20 minutes in a 50-50 alcohol/water solution, so I just put him in a freezer. Note, the bottom photo is him upside down. Note that the "star" shows. Sue, I thought the star might have been unique to the female?

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    Jessica has been fascinated by that issue. I will send her the link and she if she has not already viewed it.


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    I dunno. :)
    Not actually sure if all males have that, or just yours. It looks like it's something in rather than on. It could also be gut contents about to...exit. Since the spot is right above the anal pore. I don't think it's a sperm packet, because the genital pore is the thing at the top of that oval-ish groove in the belly.
     
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    #8 is a female American Dog Tick, a vector for Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Tularemia. Was in Sussex County yesterday, along the Kittatinny ridge. It was lousy with ticks....many, many ticks. All were this one.

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