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Chock full o'mites A rather old image of mine that has been around on the internet, but hadn&#039;t made it to JD yet...<br />
A dung beetle so covered in phoretic mites that it clearly had trouble moving around.<br />
Even though these mites (probably some Poecilochirus sp.) are classified as Parasitiformes: Parasitidae they are not &quot;parasitic&quot; but &#039;phoretic&#039; : They just hitch a ride to the next dung heap the beetle is going to visit. Geotrupidae,Mesostigmata,Parasitidae,Parasitiformes,Phoresy,Poecilochirus,phoretic mites Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Chock full o'mites

A rather old image of mine that has been around on the internet, but hadn't made it to JD yet...
A dung beetle so covered in phoretic mites that it clearly had trouble moving around.
Even though these mites (probably some Poecilochirus sp.) are classified as Parasitiformes: Parasitidae they are not "parasitic" but 'phoretic' : They just hitch a ride to the next dung heap the beetle is going to visit.

    comments (6)

  1. WHOA! Stating the obvious, but that's a lot of mites! I would be so annoyed if I was that beetle. Imagine all those mites crawling all over you!

    But, this is super cool!
    Posted one month ago, modified one month ago
    1. My guess is that the beetle may have been a bit annoyed too - but maybe that's just me assuming stuff ;o) Posted one month ago
      1. Anthropomorphism really makes sense sometimes. Posted one month ago
        1. Or at least it is quite irresistible Posted one month ago
  2. Cool, but gruesome - mites give me the creeps! Posted one month ago
    1. Yeah - it didn't take too much effort restraining myself from offering to take'm over ;o) Posted one month ago

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Uploaded May 9, 2021.