ID#: 3809
This image depicts a male, Ixodes ricinus tick, which had attached itself to the ventral surface of a female during the act of copulation. Referred to as the castor bean tick, I. ricinus resembles a castor bean, and is a vector for the Borrelia burgdorferi spirochete, the cause of Lyme disease. This tick is commonly found on farm animals, and deer who are its natural hosts.
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Content Provider(s): World Health Organization (WHO)
Creation Date: 1975
Photo Credit:
CDC Organization
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