Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Is this a tick?

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Hello,
I recently been finding this bug in my yard and I am curious if you could help me understand what it is. I do have a dog so I am also very interested to know whether I need to keep it out of the garden for the moment.

I live in Eastern Europe/Romania.

Thanks for your help,
Dragos

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Dragos,

Very nice photo. This is not a tick (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/ticks.html for comparison photos), this is a true bug (Hemiptera), possibly one of the stink bugs (Pentatomidae). This one is immature so is difficult to id further.

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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