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Tick Stages of Life
This picture is used to show the life cycle differences of the three common ticks in Maine. First the Blacklegged or Deer Tick, Second the Lone Star Tick, and third the Dog Tick. The three species show from right to left the larva stage, nymph stage, adult male, and adult female. It is very difficult see and feel the ticks when they are in their larva and nymph stages.
Various Stages Of The Deer Tick During Its Blood Meal
When a tick settles in to have a blood meal the tick slowly holds all the blood that it is feeding on. The tick becomes disfigured by the time it is done and falls off its host.
Black-legged or Deer Tick (Ixodes scapulars)
The unfed female black-legged ticks have a reddish body and a dark brown dorsal scutum located behind the mouthparts. Females are approximately 3.5 mm in length, much longer than the body of male ticks which range from 2.0 to 2.7 mm in length. Male black-legged ticks are dark brown in color. Nymphs of the black-legged tick are approximately 1.0 mm in length and will also feed on humans or other mammals and birds. The primary host of adult black-legged ticks is the white-tailed deer although they will feed on a variety of mammals and birds. Black-legged or deer ticks transmit the agents of Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis.
American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variables)
Adult American dog ticks are reddish brown in color, but can be distinguished from black-legged ticks on the basis of their large size (5.0 mm) and white markings on the perimeter of the dorsal scutum. Dogs (as the common name suggests) are the preferred hosts of adult American dog ticks but they will feed on other medium to large mammals including humans. The immature stages feed on small mammals, including meadow voles and white-footed mice. The American dog tick transmits Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Tularemia in the Eastern region of the United States.
Lone Star Tick
Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americium)
The female Lone Star tick has a characteristic white or yellow mark on the end of the scutum, from which the common name is derived. Both males and females are reddish brown in color and about 3.0 to 4.0 mm long. Tularemia and Ehrlichiosis are transmitted by this species. It has also been linked with a Lyme Disease-like illness called southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI) which may be caused by the spirochete Borrelia lonestari. The Lone Star tick does not transmit the Lyme Disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. Lone Star ticks have a non-specific host preference and will seek blood meals from virtually any mammal.