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Haemaphysalis longicornis tick

Closeup of a small medium-brown tick perched on the top edge of a green leaf, holding its front two legs up in the air.

With a little bit of training, 59 citizen scientists in New York collected more than 3,700 ticks across 15 counties in a two-week period in the summer of 2021, greatly expanding the reach of professional tick researchers at the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases. Among the tick specimens the volunteers found, most were Asian longhorned ticks (Haemaphysalis longicornis, 54 percent of specimens). (Photo by danbarb via iNaturalist, CC BY-NC 4.0)

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