Mites at Mousecroft…

By June 4, 2018 Blog

Jan Shields has sent in an interesting photo of a Common Blue Damselfly taken at Mousecroft pool near Shrewsbury. The damselfly is clearly covered in a good number of mites seen around the thorax. These are fairly common place and can appear in far larger numbers than seen here. Some mites will actually transfer from the larva onto the adult as it emerges taking up position before the exoskeleton hardens.