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Grammia f-pallida - Apantesis figurata

Grammia f-pallida - Apantesis figurata
Sand Springs, Osage County, Oklahoma, USA
May 8, 2007
Size: 3/4"
What is that other critter on his back ? Is that the moth equivalent to fleas ?

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Moved
Moved from Grammia f-pallida.

Moved
Moved from Grammia.

Looks like...
an Elongate-Bodied Springtail, which I don't think are parasitic

 
What would it be doing on the
What would it be doing on the moth's back ? Just hitching a ride ?

 
Dunno. Maybe it just bounced up there.
But there definitely are insect hitch-hikers:

Maybe they envy the fliers?

 
Cool! But somebody should war
Cool! But somebody should warn them that you should never pick up hitch-hikers.

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