American dog tick

(Dermacentor variabilis)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

American dog tick

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common and abundant

Season

March to November, peaking May to mid-July

Habitat/Host

Froests, dense woodlands, grasslands, roadsides, trails, and other areas frequently visited by mammals.

Size

Photo by Christa Rittberg
 
Identification

Adults are dark brown with whitish or yellowish markings.

 
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Species

 

 
Food

Blood of most mammals

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 

 
Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 24, 29, 30.
 
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Taxonomy

Superorder:

Parasitiformes

 

Order:

Ixodida (ticks)

 

Superfamily:

Ixodoidea

 

Family:

Ixodidae (hardbacked ticks)

 

Subfamily:

Rhipicephalinae

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

American dog tick

wood tick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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  American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis)
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  Dermacentor variabilis (American Dog Tick)
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  American Dog or Wood Tick (Ixodidae: Dermacentor variabilis) Cleaning Pretarsal Claws
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Apr 24, 2011

What's notable here is this specimen's behavior: observe how this individual cleans its anterior pretarsal pulvilli and claws. This specimen was inadvertently collected at the Turtle River State Park, then photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (24 April 2011). Go here to learn more about this species: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatu...

   
       
  An American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis) and the Nicest Guy I've Ever Met
Mark Berman
 
   
 
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Published on May 20, 2013

A quick story about a tick and Chris Phillips, the nicest guy I've ever met!

   
       
  Adult Female Dog Tick
precarious333
 
   
 
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Uploaded on May 20, 2011

Adult Female Dermacentor variabilis (Dog tick, Wood tick, American Dog tick)

Caught this little #$*%@ attaching to my side. Luckily I caught it early. As you can see it didn't get a chance to feed.

Ticks are actually arachnids. You'll notice it has eight legs rather than six. And there are a few moments where it assumes the standard arachnid pose with the front set of legs rearing up.

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  American Dog Ticks (Ixodidae: Dermacentor variabilis) Male and Female
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on May 16, 2011

The male is on the left and the female is on the right. Thank you to Jon Oliver (@Bugguide.net) for identifying these specimens: http://bugguide.net/node/view/517048 / Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (16 May 2011). Go here to learn more about this species: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatu... / This clip was shared with Paul Gardner, Darlow Smithson Productions (London) for 'Infested!' on the Discovery Network.

   
       
  Wood Ticks and Deer Ticks 101
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Published on Jun 18, 2013

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