I was getting ready to go in the shower last night when I noticed a small black spot on my skin under my left breast. It was a tick, the 1st one I have so far noticed on my body. Here it is in situ while still partaking of my blood.
It survived the removal process and after I placed it on a piece of cardboard, started shambling the way ticks normally do while I measured and photographed it. It was 2 mm long. I believe it is the usual deer tick (Ixodes scapularis).
I have since developed a red, itchy welt on my skin where the tick was. Hopefully, it's a transient reaction that will have no lingering effects.
Last year's tick story was here.