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IMG_2767

Observed: 22nd June 2013 By: torchytorchy’s reputation in Invertebratestorchy’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Just an illustration of the parasitic burden on bees. I counted almost a dozen mites on this one, some head down in the joints between it's exoskeleton while others were on it's head or clinging to the knee joints. I think some mites got off to wait for the next bee to visit the flower.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which White-Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus (Bombus) lucorum) interacts

Comments

Mydaea's picture

These are not parasites, but

These are not parasites, but merely phoretic.