Gulf Coast Tick (Amblyomma maculatum)

The Gulf Coast tick was first described by Koch in 1844. Gulf Coast ticks are found in grass prairies and coastal uplands throughout much of the western hemisphere.

Adult male (left) and female (right) Gulf Coast ticks
Adult male (left) and female (right) Gulf Coast ticks. Photograph by Jeffrey C. Hertz, edited by Jane Medley.
Approximate distribution of the Gulf Coast tick
Approximate distribution of the Gulf Coast tick. Source: CDC.