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Photo#286285
fly with a strange attachment

fly with a strange attachment
Baiting Hollow, Suffolk County, New York, USA
June 9, 2009
I don't have a guess as to what this might be attached to the fly.
The fly was not seeming to be bothered by it.
Found on a Parsnip leaf.

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fly with a strange attachment fly with a strange attachment

Pseudoscorpion
A pseudoscorpion is taking a ride on the fly, a practice known a phoresy. Very cool find! Pseudoscorpions are related to scorpions, but they're a different group and have no stingers or poison.

 
Pseudoscorpion
Thanks, Ben, for the ID and information.
I didn't know that we have them in New York.

 
pseudoscorpions abound up to the timberline north
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