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Hunts Bumble Bee with Mites see Remarks please - Bombus huntii

Hunts Bumble Bee with Mites see Remarks please - Bombus huntii
Rowan's Ravine Provincial Park, , Saskatchewan, Canada
May 25, 2014
Size: 1/2 inch
Per http://bugguide.net/node/view/44567/bgpage ...
am I supposed to enter this under :
Bees » Cuckoo, Carpenter, Digger, Bumble, and Honey Bees (Apidae) » Honey, Bumble, Long-horned, Orchid, and Digger Bees (Apinae) » Bumble Bees (Bombini) » Bumble Bees (Bombus) » Subgenus Pyrobombus (Bombus Subgenus Pyrobombus) » Hunt's Bumble Bee (Bombus huntii)
AND
Arachnids (Arachnida) » Mites and Ticks (Acari) » Parasitiformes » Mesostigmata » Parasitina » Parasitoidea » Parasitidae » ?? and if so, at the Parasitidae level?

Info: bee found on dandelion about 50' West of site 71A in the Underwood section of Rowan's Ravine Provincial Park (park map is at http://www.saskparks.net/RowansRavineCampgroundMap).

per (per which has a link to

and to which actually tells how to cure them)... it appears to have mites on it.
Not sure how common that is but am curious to know, if anyone could comment. Thank you.

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Hunts Bumble Bee with Mites see Remarks please - Bombus huntii Hunts Bumble Bee with Mites see Remarks please - Bombus huntii Hunts Bumble Bee with Mites see Remarks please - Bombus huntii

I often have seen exterior mi
I often have seen exterior mites on bumblebees, but not usually as many as in the photo.

 
Bumblebee mites
These look too big to be Kuzinia, the common genus of Acaridae found on Bombus. Also look to small for Parasitellus, the common genus of Parasitidae on Bombus. They're possibly Pneumolaelaps, the common Laelapidae on Bombus, but I've never seen so many on one bee.

 
mites
Thank you, Barry. I find this quite fascinating.

 
mites
Thanks, Liz; I've since found out more today, it IS quite common on the bees. :)

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