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Ugh... a bug - what is it?

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    We get one species of tick in the forest near where I live - but they hang out on the bracken ( a large fern type) or on the heather, waiting for any warm-blooded mammal like an innocent walker ( me for instance) or one of our frequent deer or ponies which run wild in the forest ( a National Park , the smallest of the ones we have here in Uk but still maybe 700 square miles). The danger is that you feel a tickle, and brush the thing off, leaving the mouth parts embedded in you , and there is an outside chance of catching a really dreadful disease (Lyme's disease) . I have been bitten twice in the few years I have lived here - but a quick visit to the local hospital and an immediate antibiotic injection avoids all risk. But they don't get into orchid house, dislike the warmth and don't live on tropical plants. So if it's a tck - just watch yourself, not the plants ; but maybe you have a different species anyway !

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    We have them in Mo. they wait on brush to attack , My daughter ended up in the Hospital year before last with Rocky Mountain Fever from a tick bite . I have to keep tick / flea killer on the dogs the females blow up with blood then fall off and lay eggs Yuck ! the worst are the seed ticks teeny things they are the babies and will swarm on you ..

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    I'm familiar with ticks as well...I think this is a beetle in the photo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    I'm familiar with ticks as well...I think this is a beetle in the photo.
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    Although I can see how one might think the photo looked like a tick, having lived with dogs, cats, and horses out in the middle of Alabama, I know exactly what they are. Ugh - I hate taking them out of dog fur/skin! This one had markings on it that looked a little like a brown and tan lady bug; however, I murdered in cold blood every single one I found, and I haven't seen any since I posted that. Probably a few more freebies from my friend, the orchid killer. (Ooh - that sounded very nasty - I really didn't mean it as such - the whole thing amuses me now that the shock is over).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    my friend, the orchid killer. (Ooh - that sounded very nasty - I really didn't mean it as such - the whole thing amuses me now that the shock is over).
    Amuses you? You have one weird sense of humor, then, Maura.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    Amuses you? You have one weird sense of humor, then, Maura.
    Well, if you think about it, sabotaging my AOS award and then trying to kill all my awarded plants and most of the others (all the while tending to Phillip's orchids quite well) sounds like a plot from The Pink Panther movies. Imagine Inspecteur Clouseau hot on her trail!

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