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1 July 2023 Anomalous phenology of Ixodes scapularis (Ixodida: Ixodidae) in Mississippi
Jerome Goddard, Sharon Sims, Richard G. Robbins, Wendy C. Varnado
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Abstract

The blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis Say, is one of the most important vectors of tick-borne disease agents in North America. Accordingly, it is crucial to know this species local composition, abundance, and seasonality (phenology) to help prevent tick-borne illnesses. The phenology of adult I. scapularis is reported in the scientific literature from October through May. Data from previous research in Mississippi have all supported this time frame for adult blacklegged tick activity. However, in this study, we report a collection of 13 I. scapularis from 9 widely separated areas in Mississippi during the summer and early fall of 2022 (June, July, and September). These findings are remarkable, even enigmatic, and should prompt further investigation.

Jerome Goddard, Sharon Sims, Richard G. Robbins, and Wendy C. Varnado "Anomalous phenology of Ixodes scapularis (Ixodida: Ixodidae) in Mississippi," Journal of Medical Entomology 60(5), 1124-1125, (1 July 2023). https://doi.org/10.1093/jme/tjad081
Received: 17 April 2023; Accepted: 15 June 2023; Published: 1 July 2023
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KEYWORDS
ecology
Ixodes scapularis
Mississippi
phenology
questing activity
seasonal distribution
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