hcolville's picture

Beetle mites or juveniles?

Observed: 27th August 2011 By: hcolville
Baby beetles or parasites?
Description:

not sure of the beetle or the small mites that seemed to be unwelcome, but perhaps were juveniles?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Rob Coleman's picture

Larger beetles quite often

Larger beetles quite often carry these mites - which seem to do them no harm. Your specimen looks like one of the Carabus ground beetles.

Rob Coleman

Nick Upton's picture

Mites on Carabid

Definitely a nasty infestation of mites. Young beetles have a larval form.

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.