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Tuesday
Mar302010

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.

Reader Comments (2)

Sounds like a lot of people I know =)
May 5 | Unregistered CommenterNathan
I found a queen bee on the floor he was moving but did not fly away. I decided to take it home before it got stood on. When I got it home I discovered all these mites around the back of its neck. At first I thought they were eating the bee. I then placed the bee in water and the mites came off. I counted about 40. I thought they were parasites. The bee never made a full recovery and died a day later despite my efforts to give it sugared water and placing it on a few flowers.
Justin from Plymouth
July 19 | Unregistered CommenterJustin Hill

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