Beetle Body full with Mites ...


hobbit6003

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Wow, pardon me for asking, are they living in symbiosis, or are the mites parasitic to the beetle?
 

B-setting

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but insects are without blood. so what do the mites eat? :dunno:
 

peterpan

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Poor beetle, with this mass of mites. the beetle will not live long :( most it will last for 1 day.
some of this mite lay their egg on the beetle.
 

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Numnumball

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Nice shots, poor beetle though
 

jameskkmok

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Nice capture, this one you did not bathe it:nono:
 

old-newbird

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great take! how big was the subject bro?
 

madmartian

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Good capture! :) You have to becareful, they 'mite' jump on your lens............;p :bsmilie:
 

Grant

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wow,cool:thumbsup:
 

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Wah, this fella must be suffering! Nice shot! Great details!
 

sabrecruz

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All of u are wrong. These are not mites but the beetle's offspring. After hatching, the male beetle transports these babies from one location to another. The strongest ones survive. They will feed on what's available. After 3 weeks, they are on their own and the whole cycle repeats.