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Parasites or Hitchhikers??

Parasites or Hitchhikers??
Creighton, Northern, Saskatchewan, Canada
June 16, 2012
I think this is a leafhopper covered in mites. Are they predators or just catching a ride? What kind of mite are they and what do they do?

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Parasites or Hitchhikers?? Parasites or Hitchhikers??


Moved from ID Request. Not sure whether to place here or under mites - feel free to move to mites if you'd rather it be there.

Parasites or Hitchhikers??
Cool find & great shots. I'll be interested to see what the answer is.

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