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Blacklegged Deer Tick
Transcript of Blacklegged Deer Tick
Genus: Ixodes They are scientifically named Ixodes Scapuilaris. This means they are a parastectic on mice, they are a vector for Lyme disease, and they bite humans. Appearance This creature stands only 1.4 cm tall, with a flat, broad body. Shades of dark brown to black cover this insects back. These little pests are made up pf two segments called the thorax and the cephalothorax. Their 8 leathery legs help them get to wherever they need to go. With no wings or any traits to fly from place to place they must attach themselves to another animal for transportation. Location + Nutrition Mostly spotted in the North American territory. Mainly in the Northeastern, Southeastern, and Midwestern parts of the U.S.A. These ticks go three stages of feeding. They feast on different animals depending on which stage they are going through. During late summer, they devour small animals such as mice and voles as a baby. During the months of May-August they gorge themselves with animals such as birds raccons, and deer as adults. They hide in grassy areas or shrubs. Animals that the Blacklegged Deer Tick feeds on... Reproduction This tick relies primarily on deer to reproduce. Deer hold the key in reproduction for the Blacklegged Deer Tick. As many as 2,000 eggs are layed. To get these eggs they must go through many stages to reproduce. These stages are: Stage 1: The female must finds its partner to enable herself to reproduce. Mating can occur on or off the main host. (The male meets his fate after mating.)
Stage 2: The female must engorge her self with a 3-day meal of blood from a deer to ensure the right nutrition to enable offspring to be produced.
Stage 3: With her eggs fertilized and enough nutrition to reproduce, the female lays some 2000 eggs and dies. Life Cycle
(About 2 years long) Eggs Larva Nymph Adult
The ticks are born on the deer and live off of it for about two days. After that the newborns will repeat the process of feeding and reproduction. Until its ready to create new offspring in about 2 years. Other Interesting Information Blacklegged Deer Ticks are more closely related to spider + scorpions that any other bugs roaming the Earth.
This creature can hand you the Lyme disease or the Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, withtin its 2 year life span.
70% of the bites carry these diseases.
Humans are accidental targets/ hosts.
BEWARE!!! They can suck the blood OUT OF YOU!