Here is a picture of the embedded deer tick near my son's clavicle bone.
Note the local irritated area surrounding it, it is my opinion that this is not the 'bulls-eye rash' but is the local irritation after the tick has been embedded and biting the person. This one was easy to spot on our routine tick check.
***Double click on any photo to enlarge it.***
This image clearly shows the female deer tick with the reddish body. It is attached at the mouth at approximately 7:00, the mouth is down near the black body part. The reddish part of the body is the back of the tick's body. Here I am trying to show the size of the Deer Tick by comparing it to a common pencil which was just sharpened.
This is an insect site (Bug Guide) that shows more images of the deer tick.
Here is a photo taken with the flash shut off, you can see the red irritation a bit more here. The red irritated area was hard to see when the flash was on. The problem with using no flash was that the photo was blurry due to my movement while snapping the photo.
I am sharing these photos to help anyone who is trying to learn more about Deer Ticks or Lyme Disease.
If you are looking for a good book for beginners about Lyme Disease or other tick-borne illnesses, I recommend "Everything You Need To Know About Lyme Disease and other tick-borne disorders" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner. (I hope to do a book review on that book soon.)
UPDATE 11/5/08: For more photos, see my blog post dated November 2008 for photos of a female adult deer tick which is embedded and engorged; that tick was verified by the State of Connecticut Agricultural Station and also tested positive for the spirochete that causes Lyme Disease.
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