Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Cattle tick

Haemaphysalis longicornis Neuman

Order: Acarina
Family: Ixodidae

Size range

  • Small size. From 3 mm long when unfed to 9 mm when fully engorged


  • Introduced
  • Common bloodsucking parasite on cattle in northern NZ

Life History

  • Occasionally found on dogs and even humans
  • Spends part of the life cycle in long grass, hence easily picked up by dogs