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3000th spotting! Scaphinotus angusticollis is a ground beetle with elongated head and mouth parts. This adaptation allows it to reach inside a snail's shell. The mites are of the Genus Poecilochirus and are considered phoretic rather than parasitic. So they are just hitching a ride but they may decide to reproduce.
Spotted in a mixed forest at Flaming Geyser State Park.
Spotted on May 1, 2021
Submitted on May 2, 2021
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