Bat mite, SEM

Bat mite, SEM

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Caption: Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Bat mite (unknown genus). This blood sucking mite is an ectoparasite of bats in the United States. In the wild, bats are commonly infested by a variety of mites from numerous families in the suborder Mesostigmata. The life cycle of Mesostigmata mites ranges from 5-11 days and consists of five stages: egg, larva, protonymph, deutonymph and adult. The first two stages occur in the bats habitat, whereas the latter three stages occur either on the host or alternating habitat/host. Most bat mites feed on the hosts blood and blood is commonly found in the digestive tract. Magnification: x24 when shortest axis printed at 25 millimetres.

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