Feather mites (Dicamaralges loricatus) from Woodpecker (Chrysoco
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Feather mites (Dicamaralges loricatus) – He Takes Her Under Control (I/II)

Dicamaralges loricatus

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These mites are Dicamaralges loricatus (Acari: Astigmata: Psoroptoididae), feather mites from the woodpecker Chrysocolaptes lucidus (Picidae) from the Philippines. The big mite is the male and the small one is a juvenile female.  They are not mating, but rather the male is guarding the young female until she moults into an adult, and then he will copulate with her… !