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Photo#31709
mite on Meloe blister beetle

mite on Meloe blister beetle
Windham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
September 14, 2005
This is the only mite I saw on 10 Meloe beetles found at this site.

I've noticed that mites that become separated from a captive carrion beetle or dung beetle will often climb onto beetles of other families, even though their food source is of no interest to the mite. Perhaps this rider just climbed aboard the first beetle that passed his way. On the other hand, it could be a mite species that specializes in Meloe. Any ideas?

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probably Parasitidae, deutonymph --det. D.E. Walter
"...but unusual host"

Moved from Mesostigmata.

Moved
Moved from Mites and Ticks.

Moved
Moved from Mites.

Another mite
I found another mite a week or so later on a Meloe from the same site. The Meloe was dead and the mite left the beetle soon after I saw it.

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