Crete Nature: Tales of the Riverbank

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1 Hardback Tick, Ixodidae family

If we just push our way through these giant canes we should find the…splash!…stream. I’ve found the water; my right foot has at any rate. I’ve also found a rather interesting character wandering over this rock here. An eight legged arachnid but not a spider. She is one of the hard backed ticks (like books, they come in hard back and soft back) and I think that she’s a Brown Dog Tick. Although they prefer dogs as hosts (and we have plenty of hunting dogs in this area) they will take blood from any mammal including us. As she can host bacteria that would result in us catching Mediterranean spotted fever she is best avoided – like the plague as it were. I think we’ll press on.

2 Soldier Bug, Spilostethus pandurus, Life Cycle

This looks like a nice spot to sit and rest for a while with a little waterfall gurgling beside us. I don’t see…

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