Re: [beemonitoring] Unknown growth/mite on a wild bumblebee - can you ID it?
My colleague and mite expert David Walter here at the Royal Alberta Museum commented on the picture: ``The mite is a Mesostigmata, possibly a species of Parasitellus, but diagnostic characters are not available in the image.``
I hope this helps,
MatthiasOn Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 1:07 PM, Jay Warner at AT_T <jay.warner3@...> wrote:Dear Bee-Friendly People,I photographed a pink protrusion on a bumblebee yesterday - see attached photo, and various local and national bee people suggested I post it to you folks for an ID.I'm wondering if it is "normal," a growth on the bee of some kind, or a mite or similar thing.I have no idea of the species - I only take their pictures - and I only recently realized that bumble bees had multiple species.Location: Caledonia, (5 miles north of Racine, WI), about 3 miles from Lake Michigan & 25 miles south of Milwaukee.Location detail: a field of cup plants with a wall of trees on N, W, & S sides, about 6 feet off the ground, in open shade & almost clear sky.Date/Time: 8/22/11, 7:02 pm CDT local sunset: 7:44 pmSincerely,JayPink protrusion is on the bee's right side, apparently at the head-thorax joint.
Dr. Matthias Buck
Royal Alberta Museum
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