Several mites on this Scarites beetle... Will need to research these some more.
I took some photos of a bumblebee vigorously cleaning itself. When I enlarged the photos I saw that it was infested with something. There are clusters at the top of the abdomen, behind the head, and on the insides of the thighs.
Solitary adult foraging on gravel and bare soil.
Acari (or Acarina) are a taxon of arachnids that contains mites and ticks. The diversity of the Acari is extraordinary and its fossil history goes back to at least the early Devonian period. As a result, acarologists (the people who study mites and ticks) have proposed a complex set of taxonomic ranks to classify mites. In most modern treatments, the Acari is considered a subclass of Arachnida and is composed of two or three superorders or...