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Bugs naturally
Hi,
I found your site (great!) while looking for a picture of a bug that I found today. It was actually on my dog, not embedded, but just in his fur. I thought maybe it was an engorged tick, but if it is, I’ve never seen one like this before. It is very soft and squishy, and a gray color. The dents you see in it are the ones that I put in it when I brushed it off the dog. Do you happen to know what it is?
Thanks for your help.
Jo Sheehan

Hi Jo,
There are Hard Ticks, Family Ixodidae, and there are Soft Ticks, Family Argasidae. Dog Ticks are Hard Ticks. You have found a Soft Tick. I don’t know the species, but Soft Ticks can be just as troublesome. Now, this is just a guess, but there is someting in a tagline at the end of your email mentioning llamas. Soft Ticks like the Spinose Ear Tick, Otobius megnini are large, up to 1/3 inch, and constricted in the middle with pockmarks. They are pests of livestock and horses. This would include llamas. They feast primarily in the ears. Your specimen looks well fed.

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Small black bug
Hi,
We live in Brighton England. My wife found a black bug attached to her skin last night (photos attached) I could not see anything like it on your web site (or any others). She has been coming up in itchy bumps so this may be the cause. We could not see any more in the bed.
Any help would be appreciated. If we know what it is we may be able to find out what to do about it.
Phil Robinson

Hi Phil,
I think you should seek some medical advice, and take that photo with you. This is some type of Tick. I can’t tell you exactly what though. Ticks are notorious for spreading diseases. Once again, seek some professional help.

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I found this thing in my hair the day after a hike in southern California. Admittedly, it could have just as easily been from my backyard. What is it?
Thanks!
Darcy Wronkiewicz

Hi Darcy,
Hikers in California often pick up ticks. Sorry, I don’t know the species. Luckily you found it before it bit you.

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I would appreciate it if you would help with the identification of the bug in the picture I sent you. It got half way into my buddy with its rear end first. Did it lay eggs in me? Should I be worried?
Please help me out!
Thanks,
Simon.

Hi Simon,
You were bitten by a Tick. Sorry I can’t tell you the exact species. They are usually picked up in grassy areas. Ticks wait for a large warm blooded mammal, like a deer or dog or human to pass by. Then they attach to the prey and suck blood. They pass on viral infections like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. They will not lay eggs in you.

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