Bluedun's picture

Moth plus parasite

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

No interactions present.

Species with which White Ermine (Spilosoma lubricipeda) interacts

Comments

Jonathan's picture

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.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

Bluedun's picture

Thanks

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

...Is it White Ermine ?

foxy's picture

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.

Foxy

Foxy

rimo's picture

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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