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American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis) | by Twiztedminds
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American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

These are probably the least harmful of the ticks in Northern Virginia. They like tall grasses which they instinctualy climb. They sense hosts by detecting CO2 with chemo-receptors located in their pedi-palps called a Haller's organ.

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Taken on June 17, 2014