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Unidentified Eutarospolipus (Unidentified Eutarospolipus Carabid Mites)

Warning Identification questionable
Date 8 July 2011
OS grid ref SS58
Lat/Lon 51° 30' N, 4° 10' W
Location Vice County: Glam, VC41, Wales
Voucher 08/07/2011[Z]
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Stage or state Adult female
Record Summary parasitic mites, under wings, on tergites of Poecilus versicolor
Associated organism: on live tergite of Poecilus versicolor
Identification 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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