Castor Bean Tick



Ixodes ricinus is the most common tick in northern Europe.

Figure 1: Engorged adult female Castor bean tick.

This remarkable species ranges from Ireland, Britain, and southern Scandinavia eastwards across Europe to northern Iran and southwards to the Mediterranean littoral.

It is found mainly between 39° to 65°N latitude and eastwards as far as 60°E longitude, east of the Caspian Sea.

It also present at low density in forested areas in North Africa and the Levant countries of the eastern Mediterranean.


Further information

  • Sonenshine DE: Biology of Ticks. Part 1, 1991, Oxford University Press, New York

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