Theo Bosboom - Parasitizing


Not a picture to hang on your wall. Water mite larvae (arrenurus) parasitizing on a common blue damselfly (ennalagma cyathigerum). The water mite larvae attach to an almost full grown damselfly larva and move to the damselfly after it has emerged. There they attach themselves to the thorax or abdomen (depending on the species). A high infestation with water mite larvae hinders the damselfly a lot and can make it weak, slow and light-weighted. Sometimes it can even cause its death. The water mite larva – after having grown to many times it’s original size – wait until the host flies above water and jumps down, where it changes into an aquatic, predacious nymph.

Location: Overijssel, Holland

Tags: close-up, common blue damselfly, damselfy, macro, parasitizing, portrait, Theo Bosboom, Water mite larvae

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  1. Hans Meijs said:

    11/05/2012 08:51

    zielig zeg...

  2. ZielonaMila said:

    11/05/2012 14:24

    Beautiful photograph. I am greeting

  3. David Guimaraes said:

    17/05/2012 01:11

    A harsh life, but even though it is a true privilege to be alive and share this planet with others!
    Thank you Theo!