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Coloured 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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