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there was one on the same a while ago same beetle which I would agree on from colour you can see and the bugs were mites.
That is crazy - what a great capture :)
in our compost heap.Have had lots of healthy ones this year.
It seems that these mites are Poecilochirus mites and their relationship is not parasitic, but phoretic; they're just hitching a ride to the next food source, where the beetle eats the carrion and the mites eat the fly eggs.
Nice to get an answer
Agree with the above comments. Whenever I see these beetles they usually have a few mites hitching a ride, but I've never seen one as spectacularly covered as this one - must have been rush hour!
There's an identification guide to the sexton beetles in issues 1 and 3 of Beetle News, available to download from the Amateur Entomologists' Society:
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