|Record Summary||parasitic mites, under wings, on tergites of Poecilus versicolor|
|Found as||Adult female|
|Date||8 July 2011|
|Associated organism||Poecilus versicolor|
|OS grid ref||OSGR: SS58|
|Lat/Lon||51° 30' N, 4° 10' W|
|Vice County||Glam, VC no: 41|
|Voucher||8 Jul 2011[Z]|
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Notes: Matthew Shepherd says "These Podapolipid mites are weird as heck. When those eggs hatch some are immobile males and some are mobile 6-legged female larvae. They mate (AS LARVAE!) and the larval females abandon the stranded males (who die, presumably!) and go off in search of a new host. They then moult into adulthood and become much bigger and sac-like, lose most of their legs, feed on the host haemolymph and produce large numbers of eggs. Isn't nature beautiful?"
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