No interactions present.
The mites are likely to be Parasitellus sp. (?fucorum). They are not parasitic, but phoretic (using the bee to carry them to a new nest, where they feed on debris and small invertebrates).
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Thanks for the answer. Very interesting. The bee appeared to be on its last legs and I'd assumed that it was due to parasite burden. Although not parasitic, could the number of these mites affect its ability to fly..? This has raised a whole new set of questions. I'll have to do some research! Thanks again.
Potentially if the bee has too many mites it will add to the load and make it harder for the bee to fly, but I've seen some pretty impressive mite infestations on flying bumbles!
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