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Handsome fungus beetle with parasite eggs? - Lycoperdina ferruginea

Handsome fungus beetle with parasite eggs? - Lycoperdina ferruginea
Windham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
October 27, 2005
Size: 6 mm

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Lycoperdina parasitoid "eggs"
Jim,

The "eggs" to which you refer in your photograph appear to be phoretic mites. These are quite commonly found on erotylid and endomychid adults. They are more than likely just hitching a ride to the next fungus (you often find them aligned near overhanging plates of the exoskeleton for protection).

Floyd

 
Thanks, Floyd.
That certainly makes sense. I think I might have considered mites as a possibility had I posted this more recently. Our Acari section was badly in need of reorganization so I undertook the project and learned a bit in the process.

Anyway, nice to have the opinion of an Endomychidae specialist. Don't be shy about visiting bugguide more often and please put a link to your home page on your personal page here so others can check to see just how informed your opinions are.

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