it had one on each leg and was trying to shake them off. Any thoughts on the mites would be very welcome
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Pseudoscorpions, which hitch a ride on flies to move from one area to another, I believe.
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Jeremy - what a lovely and clever photograph, the pseudo and the fly. Well done.
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thanks, many many shots to get that one. I've put them under the microscope and have more pictures which I'll add. There are actually three of these things attached
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of those with illustrations, there seem to be those with rounded claws like the three here, and others with thinner claws.
No wonder the fly refused to take off. These Clusiodes do like to just sit there on the wood and are quite photogenic, while other flies such as Tachypeza are running about around them. So perhaps they are preferred by the hitch-hikers, and prone to overloading
I've only ever seen this twice...both times on muscids which were on the washing brought in from the washing line in the back garden! Both times with 4 pseudoscorpions on a single fly, too. It's a good find. With specimens, you might get to species...I hope so.
it's interesting that two of the Pseudoscorpions were actually tucked up in the under-carraige under the wing, fairly out of the way. It seemed to be the third one visible with a leg in each claw that was causing the problems
Edit: a DK obs. for further reference: http://www.fugleognatur.dk/forum/show_message.asp?MessageID=1001643&Foru...
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Some good photos, astute observation, a comment trail, all useful for anyone coming here and a Spot in keeping with the original concept.
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