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Cryptophagid loaded with mites - Cryptophagus laticollis

Cryptophagid loaded with mites - Cryptophagus laticollis
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
October 22, 2011
Size: 2.9mm
This beetle was so loaded down it couldn't even walk.

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Cryptophagid loaded with mites - Cryptophagus laticollis Cryptophagid loaded with mites - Cryptophagus laticollis

Moved tentaviely [applies to all your Cryptophagus]

sweet pic!

 
Thanks Blaine
Are those mites just hitching a ride or parasites?

 
definitely phoretic --although a huge nuisance in this case
clearly the mites were desperate to evacuate whatever tough spot they found themselves in....

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