Castor Bean Tick - Ixodes ricinus

    Alternative names
    Common Sheep Tick
    Wood Tick

    A species of hard bodied tick that may reach a length of 11 mm when engorged with a blood meal. Detailed examination is necessary for the safe identification of this species.

    Identification difficulty

    Rough grassland and woodland where suitable host species are present.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Ixodes ricinus is a three-host tick: larvae, nymphs and adults feed on different hosts - whilst larvae and nymphs prefer small to medium-sized animals, adults tend to feed on large-sized animals. This tick species feeds on a broad range of mammals and birds and may bite humans.

    UK Status

    Widely distributed throughout Britain and believed to be fairly frequent.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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