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Bee with Mites

A bumble bee, Bombus sp (Hymenoptera: Apidae) infested with mites.  I was rather surprised to come across parasites so early in the spring as I had assumed that they don't really get going till later in the year.  This bee was rather torpid: it didn't try to fly away when I approached it, but just waved a leg at me.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-03-28.

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Sounds like a lot of people I know =)
May 5 | Unregistered CommenterNathan

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