The Details in the Devil (American Dog Tick, Dermacentor variabilis)

dog tick with cream and red-brown colored body on end of a shiny tweezer

A female dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) after removal has a piece of tissue attached to its proboscis.

Well, the good news was, I found out my dog’s flea and tick treatment was effective against dog ticks; the bad news was I found it was effective. Pulled maybe ten, maybe a dozen of the suckers off her? Most died after attachment. Insidious creatures, but interesting photo subjects if you ask me. (Black and white version below.)

dog tick on end of a shiny tweezer

A female dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) after removal has a piece of tissue attached to its proboscis. (Black and white version.)

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