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Observed: 12th May 2012 By: Nick Upton
Added: 13th May 2012
A few of these phoretic mites being carried by a Queen red-tailed bumlebee. They look nasty but aren't parasitising the bee, or causing any problems (a huge number may be a bit of a burden) they're just getting a lift to her new nest where they will live on colony leftovers. See http://www.tb1.ethz.ch/PublicationsEO/PDFpapers/Koulianos_JOURNAL_OF_ZOO...