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IMG_7795

Observed: 21st April 2013 By: WildpadWildpad’s reputation in InvertebratesWildpad’s reputation in InvertebratesWildpad’s reputation in Invertebrates
IMG_7795
Description:

Red-tailed bumble bee infested with mites.
It is the mites that I would like ID for!?

Identifications
  • not known (not known)
    Confidence: It might be this.
  •  
    Likely ID
    Phoretic Mite (Parasitellus)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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parasitellus focurum

Thank you for that info 'chris' and the link.
How fascinating! Glad the bee wasn't dying. She seemed very dozy - must obviously have been just emerging, but it was a very cold, sunny day!