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Moth plus parasite

Observed: 15th June 2008 By: BluedunBluedun’s reputation in InvertebratesBluedun’s reputation in InvertebratesBluedun’s reputation in Invertebrates
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which White Ermine (Spilosoma lubricipeda) interacts


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Wow! Its really easy to miss.

Wow! Its really easy to miss. Given its strange position (on an antenna), this could just be an insect using the moth as a perch (or maybe for transport - a relationship called phoresy) rather than a parasite.

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Thanks Jonathan, my thoughts were that it was perhaps providing a cleaning service much like Remora on shark or Plovers that clean crocodile teeth acceptable service provider. The moth didn't seem perturbed by its presence anyway.

...Is it White Ermine ?

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White Ermine

Great shot of two species,yes its a White Ermine the yellowy colour indicates a female,see my photo above in other observations.The smaller insect looks like a greenfly perhaps.



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The 'parasite' appears to be

The 'parasite' appears to be a mosquito of some sort, either a male or freshly-emerged female from the colouration, and is likely to have been attracted to the window in the same way as the moth, rather than feeding on it

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