Scarab beetle with phoretic mites

Scarab beetle with phoretic mites

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tropical scarab beetle (family Scarabaeidae) on a leaf. This beetle is infested with mites. There is a larger mite or tick attached to its leg. Photographed in the Jatun Sacha Reserve, Amazon rainforest, Ecuador.

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Keywords: amazon, beetle, black, coleoptera, dung, ecuador, fauna, forest, infested, insect, invertebrate, jungle, leaf, mite, nature, neotropical, parasite, parasitised, phoretic, rainforest, roller, scarab, scarabaeidae, south america, tick, tropical, wildlife

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