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Oil beetle w/ parasites?

Description:

Male oil beetle with what looks like other parasitic beetles on its back.

Notes:

When I first saw this insect, I didn't know what it was -- but I thought maybe it was a female carrying a few of her young. Upon further research, I now know this is a male oil beetle, a type of blister beetle. But I cannot figure out what the beetles are on its back. Any thoughts or ID on them? I will update this spotting with other photos, info, and a video later, but right now I'm trying to find out more about the parasites.

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MeganM
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MeganM

Iowa City, Iowa, USA

Spotted on May 28, 2016
Submitted on May 31, 2016

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