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Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americanum)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Lone Star Tick.

 Updated: 7/18/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




A single yellow dot on the back of the female Lone Star Tick marks the back of this tick found in the Southeastern U.S..



Lone Star Ticks are not known to carry the vector for Lyme Disease, but they do harbor other noteworthy bacteria. Humans and dogs bitten by this tick can develop Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and erhlichiosis. These illnesses are treatable and complete recovery is possible if detected early. If a Lone Star Tick is found biting a person or dog, removing them with their head and mouthparts intact is recommended using a pair of tweezers. If a dog has many ticks, bringing them to a veterinarian for removal, examination and possible treatment can prevent discomfort and illness from developing.

Lone Star Tick males do not have the clear spot on them. Both sexes are flat and small when they have not had a bloodmeal. Once engorged with blood, their bodies inflate like balloons and they may look like a completely different insect to some people. Ticks are hardy and can be found in natural areas of every type. They cling to the tip of grass blades, leaves or other low plants, waiting for a host to pass by. Their eight legs are lick hooks that immediately cling to hair or fabric. They will walk to the warmer parts of a host (closer to a blood source) before embedding their heads into the skin and feeding. Checking yourself, others and your pets for roaming ticks after spending time outdoors can help prevent bites.




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Chelicerata
      Order: Ixodida
        Family: Ixodidae
          Genus: Amblyomma
            Species: americanum
Identifying Information
Scientific Name: Amblyomma americanum
Category: Mite or Tick
Size (Adult; Length): 0.5mm to 5mm (0.02in to 0.20in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown, yellow
Descriptors: legs, spot, dot, cling, hook, bite, harmful, engorged, flat
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