First report of Ixodes frontalis (Acari: Ixodidae) in Finland, an example of foreign tick species transported by a migratory bird

Juha Laakkonen, Juhani Terhivuo, Eili Huhtamo, Olli Vapalahti, Nathalie Uzcátegui
Two small and dark coloured engorged tick nymphs of 2.8 mm and 1.5 mm in length were found attached to the skin near the eyes and the beak of a Tree pipit (Anthus trivialis L.) captured for banding in the island of Lågskär in May 2005. The tick nymphs were morphologically identified as Ixodes frontalis Linnaeus. This species has not been previously reported from Finland.