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Eggs or parasite? - Arrenurus

Eggs or parasite? - Arrenurus
Garland, Dallas County, Texas, USA
July 10, 2009
Hanging on the underside of a Damselfly tail

Charley, you can probably grab
290500 if you like also.

Excellent! Can you answer Dennis's question
about parasitism? Are these the parasitic young?

Yes, these are parasitic mite larvae, specific (I believe) to odonates.

Moved from Frass. You can re-frass if you like, but we don't have many images in this section yet.

Moved from Damselflies. These would certainly be mites, not eggs, but they may be phoretic, using the damselfly as transport rather than parasitism. You can find more information by searching on mites and damselfly here at bugguide.

Moved from ID Request.

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