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Photo#266903
Hanger-on - Hesperocorixa laevigata

Hanger-on - Hesperocorixa laevigata
Gunbarrel, Boulder County, Colorado, USA
April 15, 2009
Size: 11mm
Orange object attached to foreleg

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Aquatic mites I think
I found similar orange specimens like yours on a few corixids I collected recently; they do actually have legs, which are visible under the scope. Not sure what their relationship to the host is, thinking either parasites or commensals, but that's something worth investigating.

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