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Mite infested harvestman

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This poor mite-infested harvestman (Santinezia sp. - Opiliones: Cranaidae) was found on a midnight hike.
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ItsRagtimeHobbyist General Artist
That is so sad :C
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YO DAWG! We heard you like insects, so we put some insects on your insect so you can... yeah, okay, not the best comment ever. But I must wonder, doesn't it have any natural procedures to try and get rid of ectoparasites? Roll around in a bit of mud or something? (Actually what does it breathe with? Would it block its spiracles if it's got those?)

(PS: I know the harvestman ain't no insect ;))
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dllavanerasHobbyist Photographer
More like putting arachnids on your arachnids, so you can freak out while you freak out :P
As far as I know, it doesn't have any behavioral modifications to get rid of the mites. And they don't seem to be fastened to (or anywhere near) the spiracles, given their location.
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homsar13Student Traditional Artist
Oh, poor harvestman! I love these things.
suedonym's avatar
Aaagh! Bugs on bugs!

*runs screaming*
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dllavanerasHobbyist Photographer
Haha, just imagine of those mites have parasites! :P
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dllavanerasHobbyist Photographer
Gracias. =)
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Dark-RaptorProfessional Photographer
We see something similar in Europe. These red mites also infest many spider species. Last week I found two Pardosa sp. specimens with these nasty beasts on their cephalothorax.
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dllavanerasHobbyist Photographer
They seem to be all over the place here. Just yesterday I saw a fruit fly (Tephritidae) with a mite bigger than its head. :(
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Great shot mate, lovely focus and details. It's something I've certainly not seen before so thanks for sharing!

I like seeing the harsher side of nature.

On the plus side he's nice and colourful now :P
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dllavanerasHobbyist Photographer
If that's the price of being attractive, I'd rather stay unattractive, thank you very much. :D
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I'm with you on that one mate!
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RainySkyz Writer
Poor thing. I've seen a lot of havestmen in my lifetime, but nothing like this. Perhaps it was already in a weak state, dying, and the mites took over. That's nature... eat or be eaten... before smaller organisms clean up the planet...after death... or before.

It's an interesting system we live in. Sometimes beautiful, too often cruel and crazy in a kind of clever design. Not something I would have imagined creating. But it seems to be working, so far.
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dllavanerasHobbyist Photographer
It appeared to be relatively ok, no signs of weakness or disease.
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