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Ticks? On burying beetle

Observed: 31st July 2013 By: HielandTeuchter
Ticks? On burying beetle
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No interactions present.

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rockwolf's picture

Not ticks...

.... but harmless (to the beetle) phoretic mites, which hitch a ride to the next bit of carrion the beetle flies to.

Mark at Magdalen's picture

Phoretic mites

I agree - phoretic mites.

Michael Funnell's picture

Mites

These beetles often seem to be carrying mites. Also if you touch/poke the beetle you may find it squeaks!!