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Wait and see...

Adult ♀ of Castor bean tick (Ixodes ricinus, L. 1758). Some tick species are running around, actively hunting, looking for a host to feed on, such as Amblyomma or Hyalomma species.

I. ricinus is more like a "proactive waiter" species. By proactive, I mean that they have to climb on a plateform like a grass stem and then wait.

One can question their ability to choose the right place to wait is not an active strategy but compared to some Hyalomma species, it is still a "wait and see" strategy.

Some others tick species seam even less proactive, living near or inside the nest of their host, feeding whenever they like. Differents tick species, differents strategies. Ticks are awesome !

There is a nice review/opinion paper in Experimental and Applied Acarology by Igor Uspensky in 2002.

doi: 10.1023/A:1025303811856

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Taken on February 21, 2018