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roach covered with mites

roach covered with mites
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
August 16, 2013
I've never seen a roach with this many mites before.

Moved from Mites and Ticks.

I think I can see anal pedice
I think I can see anal pedicels on a few of these mites, so I agree with Heather that Uropodidae (s. lat.) is correct. They're not astigmatans.

cocky mites
Hi Tom:

Do you have any closer-up images of the mites? The general gestalt is of Mesostigmata: Uropodina, but they could also be phoretic deutonymphs of Astigmata.


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