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Melanaphis sacchari

Melanaphis sacchari
10 miles south of Carlisle, Lonoke County, Arkansas, USA
May 5, 2015
I know the aphid is blurry, but the species isn't represented on Bugguide yet.

Collected off grain sorghum. The mite detached, we're currently waiting for it to molt into a deutonymph so we can identify it.

Your mite
I suspect the mite is a velvet mite, Erythraeus sp.
You can compare it to the one we just described in Kansas from the same host.
Acarologia 55(1): 41–48 (2015)

The mite is neither Erythraeus, nor an erythraeid. It is a larval true velvet mite in the genus Allothrombium; members of which commonly parasitize aphids.

We raised the deutonymph and identified it to genus. It's an Erythraeinae, but not Erythraeus if I remember correctly.

I wasn't sure what to do with the photo since I posted it under the aphid and not the mite.

You should crop and post a photo for the mite that is linked to this one. Then we can move the mite to the mite page and leave the aphid in the aphid page.

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