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Phoresy is usually defined as a method of dispersal, whereby other organisms "hitches" a ride by clinging to the body of another, usually much bigger organism, and dropping off when a new suitable habitat is reached. However, more generally, phoresy involves a relationship in which one organism is transported by the other, either permanently, or at least for some essential stage in the life cycle.
The second picture is a cropped version showing a closer view of the red mites.
Spotted on Jan 2, 2012
Submitted on Jan 4, 2012