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Harvesman

Observed: 5th August 2011 By: madjanevmadjanev’s reputation in Invertebratesmadjanev’s reputation in Invertebratesmadjanev’s reputation in Invertebrates
Img_4791 Plock of Kyle harvesman
Description:

A harvestman with 2 bright orange blobs on its back. There were several others with the same blobs on their backs nearby. Can anyone tell me what the blobs are?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Harvestman (Mitopus morio) interacts

Comments

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Attachment on Opilione

Hello Jane I am not sure about these but it may be some sort of parasitic eggs ?? They look eliptical (In the same way Tachnid Eggs attach to Shieldbugs )Interesting Observation

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Parasitic mites ?

I think they're parasitic mites. If you put the search words 'harvestman' and 'parasite' into Google it picks up a lot of pictures showing in more detail the red 'blobs'.

Kevbert's picture

Mites

They may be red spider mites which often hitch a ride on other insects.

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Mites on Opiliones

Yes Mites they are very common on ground beetles

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