NS3778 : Harvestman with erythraeid mites

near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Harvestman with erythraeid mites
Harvestman with erythraeid mites
(For a general description of harvestmen, see TQ9059 : Guarding the blackberries.)

This one was lurking in the space between two willow leaves. The bright scarlet blobs that can be seen attached to it are parasites; they are the larval stage of erythraeid mites.

It may seem strange that something on the scale of a harvestman should be afflicted with mites, but this is quite a common association; in fact, mites are common parasites on various kinds of arthropod. The larvae will later drop off of their own accord; as adults, they are predatory, hunting various kinds of insect.
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2008
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Friday, 25 July, 2008   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 3 October, 2009
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Woodland, Forest 
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Carman Reservoir 
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Insects > Insects   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 374 786 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.3664N 4:36.4271W
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