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Mites on a Bumblebee Acarina sp

Many ticks use warm blooded animals for host, especially birds and mammals. Many other mites however are parasites to other animals as well and can be found on insects. Many bees, especially bumblebees, suffer from these bloodsucking mites. Just take a look at the poor Bumblebee in the upper picture. It is covered by at least four mites. The mites will of course weaken the animal's condition and thus can be very harmful to it. There is no way we will ever find out which species of mite is attacking the Bumblebee. Mites can be devastating in bee-keeping as well.