An engorged female Ixodes scapularis laying its eggs.

An engorged female Ixodes scapularis laying its eggs.

An engorged female Ixodes scapularis laying its eggs. These eggs will hatch and emerge as larval ticks which feed in July-September, then molt into nymphs which typically are active in May-July. The engorged nymph molts into the adult stage which are active on the forest floor November-May when temperatures are above freezing.

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