Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Bug's Identity



I found this one biting me and I dragged it off from my leg. would like to know what it is... Thanks~

Dear Ryan - This is a partially engorged hard tick (family Ixodidae), but I cannot see enough detail to offer a more specific identification. Ticks usually need to be attached for at least 24 hours in order for any disease organisms to be transmitted. Nevertheless, if you see a doctor for any febrile illness within the next few weeks, be sure to mention the tick bite. You can find links to detailed information on tick-borne diseases in Georgia at http://tinyurl.com/oc5k9rf

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Ed Saugstad


Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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