[NatureNS] Re: are Wood Ticks jumping??

Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:53:10 -0300
From: "Jeffrey Ogden" <ogdenjb@gov.ns.ca>
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Hi Jim et al.
Ticks in Nova Scotia are incapable of jumping, they are built for clinging, grabbing and of course sucking blood but do not have legs designed for jumping or even runnin' real fast. They do not generally travel horizontally very far from their original emergence site but rather spend the bulk of their life going up and down the foliage hanging out at the tips of plants with their legs waving "questing" for a host. When a host (which also varies depending on life stange) walks by, its front legs have claws that attach themselves to hairs or in our case clothing or even drag blankets if that is your cup of tea. Since they do quest at the tips of foliage I guess it wouldn't be out of the question that they may be blown a short distance if the wind if strong enough but "flying" would not be a normal mode of dispersal either....:O)

Jeffrey Ogden
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>>> "James W. Wolford" <jimwolford@eastlink.ca> 04/05/12 4:17 PM >>>
I strongly doubt that any ticks can actually jump, but perhaps on a  
windy day with herbs and brush blowing around and contacting various  
surfaces, like human clothes or skin, might give the impression of  
having jumped.  I'm no expert, of course, and I'm remembering that  
jumping spiders don't look capable of jumping, but ......Cheers from  
Jim in Wolfville.

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Elizabeth Doull <edoull@ns.sympatico.ca>
> Date: April 5, 2012 9:22:59 AM ADT
> To: naturens@chebucto.ns.ca
> Subject: Re: [NatureNS] Wood Ticks
> Reply-To: naturens@chebucto.ns.ca
> Ticks can jump on you easily on a windy day like it did a  for me.   
> Not on my face, but on the car window when I visited the Belleisle  
> Marsh last year.  Seven on your neck is not a cheerful thought!
> Cheers?
> Liz
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: James Hirtle
> To: Naturens Naturens
> Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2012 10:35 AM
> Subject: [NatureNS] Wood Ticks
> On an outing to the Goose Neck Marsh at Robert's Island on April 1,  
> I managed to pick up seven wood ticks, even though I was not off  
> the beaten path and do not remember brushing against any  
> vegetation.  Most were found up at neck level.  Dorothy Poole also  
> had at least one.
> James R. Hirtle
> Bridgewater

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