Ticks and pseudoscorpiones to be found around Torphins Wood, Aberdeenshire, Scotland



Found amongst the leaf litter, on bark, and often holding on to the legs or body parts of other invertebrates such as harvestmen.

Can be seen year round depending on the weather.

Very small, just a few millimetres long.

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Ixodes ricinus, the castor bean tick or sheep tick

Ixodes ricinus, sheep tick, castor bean tick, a female partly filled with my dog's blood, and an unexpanded male/female

Ixodes ricinus, castor bean tick, sheep tick

Most commonly seen by humans on their dog, also found on vegetation around knee height or higher.

Most common between April and October.

The size varies from just a few millimetres on a tick that hasn't had a blood meal, to something bigger than a pea on a full female tick.

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