Parasitic or phoretic mites?
Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico, USA
February 25, 2016
Size: approx. 0.25 mm
This female bee (Andrenidae?) was caught in a pheromone trap for Mexican Fruit Fly. The ethylene glycol used as the killing agent gave the specimen a greasy appearance. Upon closer inspection, I noticed a group of mites still clinging to the dorsal area of the first abdominal terga. Parasitic or phoretic mites?
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