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Beetle larvae with mites

Paropsisterna sp.

Description:

The larvae of some Paropsisterna hide under bark during the daytime. This particular cluster have an infestaton of red mites. The species that hide under bark include Trachymela but I expect these are Paropsisterna morio or Paropsisterna semivittata which were found on the same tree.

Habitat:

Pound Bend Road Warrandyte


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4 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 4 years ago

Yes, some of them appear quite stunted

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

A tough start to life.

MartinL
MartinL 4 years ago

Thanks Maria.
I have added it.

Maria dB
Maria dB 4 years ago

Nice spotting - it might fit into the mission on arthropods parasitized by other arthropods: http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1338...

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.73, Long: 145.20

Spotted on Nov 15, 2014
Submitted on Nov 15, 2014

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