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 Post subject: Bee parasite ID needed
PostPosted: April 14th, 2012, 6:56 am 
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Ok gang...I was enjoying photographing some emerging Synhalonia sp. queens and the ensuing chaos that was breeding...when I noticed some odd parasites on one individual queen...

What are they? Can any of you help with an ID.
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Thanks as always,

-Riley


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 Post subject: Re: Bee parasite ID needed
PostPosted: April 14th, 2012, 9:06 am 
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They're most likely a mite. I have no way of knowing how to ID them beyond being mites.


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 Post subject: Re: Bee parasite ID needed
PostPosted: April 14th, 2012, 9:40 am 
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I don't believe them to be a mite at all. Body is not mite "ish". I wondered if a fly species larvae, or wasp larvae of some species?


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 Post subject: Re: Bee parasite ID needed
PostPosted: April 14th, 2012, 7:21 pm 
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I thought you were talking about the orange dot above the right wing in the second photo. Now that I look again I think it could be a psuedo scorpion, that's near the head. They're known to catch rides on other bugs.


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 Post subject: Re: Bee parasite ID needed
PostPosted: April 15th, 2012, 8:46 pm 
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I think you are looking at larval blister beetles, the first instars of many species are known to attach to bees.


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 Post subject: Re: Bee parasite ID needed
PostPosted: April 16th, 2012, 8:47 am 
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Thanks Gordon, I will look closely at that.

I thought Blister beetles were primarily oophagus on grasshopper eggs....I love learning new things!

-Thanks gang


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 Post subject: Re: Bee parasite ID needed
PostPosted: April 16th, 2012, 11:08 am 
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A good number do, but there are many that also go for bees.


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