This dataset contains data on the movement of the seabird tick, Ixodes uriae, in an artificial arena. 24 adult female and 24 nymphal I. uriae were collected on the Isle of May, Scotland on the 25th-27th March 2014 and 18th July 2013 respectively. Nymphal ticks were taken from boiler suits worn by field workers, and adult female ticks were taken from cracks in the rock face. They were then transported to a laboratory where they were individually placed in an artificial arena, composed of a single A1 piece of paper and 30 cm high walls. Straight line distances moved were then measured at fixed time intervals. This work was part of a NERC-funded PhD project looking at interactions between avian colonial social structure and tick-borne pathogen dynamics.
Publication date: 2016-02-29
Data on the movements of nymphal ticks were collected by AMN between 19th July-8th August 2013, and data on the movements of adult female ticks were collected by KMW between 4th-11th April 2014. The same arena, in the same location was used for both nymphal and adult female ticks but was enlarged slightly for the latter (nymph: 100 cm × 75 cm, adult female: 100 cm × 87 cm). All experiments were carried out in a laboratory with constant temperature, humidity and light conditions.