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Acari

Acari
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
June 5, 2011
Size: ~0.35mm
Nymph attached to small Crematogaster ant. The ant was trying to get the little mite off but wasn't having much luck. Looks like it's saying, "get this thing off of me!"

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Acari Acari

Moved

Moved
Moved from Parasitengona.

Moved
Moved from Trombidioidea.

Dave Walter: "Parasitengona, can't tell the superfamily"

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Nice pic, as usual.. I was going to say the ant was a Crematogaster, but it looks like you allready know that. Could you try to get some nice pics of these crematogaster for the guide Scott? With your pics Dr. Trager might be able to tell the species.

 
Thanks!
I'll take some more images of these ants next time I'm out.

Wow!
I don't think this is a trombidioid larva, but rather an erythraeid larva. If so, it's probably Forania, supposedly a specialist on ants. Anyway, I've been looking for specimens of this genus for a while now and cannot seem to find any! If you see any more, please collect them and send them to me! I'd be glad to pay for shipping... and then I could give you a confident ID. Plus, you'd be helping my research out a lot :)

PS - excellent photos, as usual :)

 
The Small Group...
of these ants have been in the same place for awhile and I even found the same ant a day later. I went bcak to find it again, but recent rains have made them move to higher ground. I'll keep looking for more of the little mites.

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