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Photo#453843
Crane fly (not) parasite - Cheiroseius

Crane fly (not) parasite - Cheiroseius
Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
September 6, 2010
Size: 0.6 mm
This looks different from the usual water mites.

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Crane fly (not) parasite - Cheiroseius Crane fly (not) parasite - Cheiroseius

Cheiroseius sp. (Blattisociidae) --det. D.E. Walter
Moved from Podocinidae.

Moved
Moved from Mesostigmata.

Moved
Moved from Mites and Ticks.

Wierd...
This is a mesostig... and looks like a podocinid to me, which are not parasitic. Was this guy attached to the crane fly, or just crawling around?

 
It moved
I have pictures of it in different places on the crane fly's abdomen.

 
Ah.
Makes a lot more sense. I'm putting my money on Podocinidae, just accidentally (or maybe even phoretically) on the crane fly... not parasitic.

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