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Fly attacked by mites - Scaptomyza pallida

Fly attacked by mites - Scaptomyza pallida
Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
June 9, 2015
Size: as indicated
This fly was rescued from the bird bath in my yard. When I started photographing, one mite was still moving around on the fly. Eventually it joined the other mite on the abdomen of the fly. The distance between two lines on the scale bar represents one millimeter.

I am aware that these images violate BG rule: it depicts two different species and I included a scale bar because I could not get accurate measurements of the fly or the mites. Feel free to frass it.

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The Mites:
Mesostigmata

These are mesostigmatans, maybe Macrochelidae (though, as usual, a ventral view is needed for confirmation of family). Quite a heavy load for this small fly!

Cheers,
Heather

… Heather Proctor, 15 August, 2015 - 12:10pm

Mites
I would suggest posting a second copy of the mitey images under mites and ticks.

Different species
I don't believe that there's a problem with a picture that shows multiple species. In many cases such pictures add a lot of value by showing symbioses, parasitism, common micro-environments, etc.

Moved
Moved from Flies.

Thank you very much for the ID!

Scaptomyza pallida
Scaptomyza pallida

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