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mite 31

mite 31
Vail, Pima County, Arizona, USA
April 15, 2011
I am sorry that this is such a poor image. The mites were on Megachile inimica sayi, but I did not notice them until long after the bee was gone. I was hoping that maybe the pattern of where the mites were clustered would give a clue as to the group to which they belong, and are they only phoretic or are they parasitic?

possibly Kennethiella mites.
possibly Kennethiella mites.

Moved from ID Request.

Thank you!
I'll admit I just blew by this post.

Funny looking mite.
You're doing so many of these that you're getting sloppy.

Actually, there is a large cl
Actually, there is a large cluster of mites riding mostly at the front of the abdomen of the bee. I am aware of the deficiancies of this photo, but maybe someone who knows about bee mites would know which groups ride in that position on the bee.

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