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Large Beetle With Small Hitchhiker - Scarites vicinus

Large Beetle With Small Hitchhiker - Scarites vicinus
Springfield, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA
June 24, 2008
This beetle was found running around the yard. As Bill was taking pictures he saw a very little critter on the paper he had put the beetle on and took pictures of it,too (not great shots of little critter). As I was cropping, etc, I noticed an area on the ventral side of the beetle that looks like it make be this little critter (parasite?). What do you think? What beetle (so many look similiar)? What is the little critter that has hitched a ride?

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Adding a link to the picture of the hitchhiker (mite) found with this beetle.

Scarites possibly?
Scarites possibly for the large beetle.

 
Scarites quadriceps
most likely, a "ground beetle". I'm guessing that the little friend is a tick (or mite?) nymph with the expected 6 legs; mature ticks would have 8 legs.

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