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Flatid planthopper with mites - Ormenoides venusta

Flatid planthopper with mites - Ormenoides venusta
Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina, USA
July 4, 2013
I am guessing these red dots are mites and that it is not a symbiotic relationship.

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Ormenoides venusta
The mites just hitch a ride; they will attach themselves to any insect.

 
mites hitching a ride
So the mites do not cause any damage to the plant hopper? They're just lazy? ;>)

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